Justice Correale Stevens intends to run for re-election.
Justice Stevens sent the following message to PoliticsPA:
Pa Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens will formally announce his candidacy for one of the three open seats on the Court sometime in January. A former legislator, trial judge, appellate court judge and President Judge, Stevens will stress his background and qualifications.
“The people of Pennsylvania expect and deserve to have major questions of law that affect their everyday lives decided by someone who has the knowledge and experience necessary,” Stevens said. “The Supreme Court is not a place for on-the-job training.”
Stevens will run an aggressive campaign and will be the first sitting Supreme Court Justice to run for election, not retention.
This would actually be Stevens’ first elective term on the Court as he was appointed by Governor Corbett to fill the term of Joan Orie Melvin.
Melvin was forced to resign in March 2013 for using state resources for campaign work.
This will be one of three seats on the State Supreme Court that will be decided in next year’s elections. Chief Justice Ron Castille is scheduled to retire while Seamus McCaffery resigned in October after it was discovered he exchanged pornographic emails with employees in the Attorney General’s office.