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Brobson Secures GOP Nomination for Supreme Court

The state party endorsed candidate has secured the nomination. 

Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson will represent the Republican Party in November’s PA Supreme Court election. 

According to unofficial returns from the Department of State on Wednesday morning, Brobson received 52% of the vote, while Commonwealth Court Judge Patty McCullough tallied 33.5% of the vote, and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick garnered 14.5% of the vote. 

The AP’s Marc Levy tweeted shortly after midnight that Brobson won the Republican Party nomination for the open seat on the PA Supreme Court.

Brobson will face Superior Court Judge Maria McLaughlin, a Democrat, in November’s general election for the open seat on the PA Supreme Court. McLaughlin, who was endorsed by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, was unopposed in the primary. 

The one seat on the ballot is for Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor (R), who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 75 this year. Democrats currently hold a 5-2 majority on the PA Supreme Court. 

In February, Brobson received the official endorsement from the Pennsylvania Republican Party. During the state committee endorsement vote, Brobson received 176 votes, while Patrick tallied 115 votes, McCullough garnered 13 votes, and 5 people abstained.  

In addition to support from the PA GOP, Brobson received endorsements for the GOP nomination from ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, PMA PAC, the affiliated political action committee of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Editorial Board

As of 7 A.M. on Wednesday morning, the contested races for the Democratic Party nomination for Superior Court and Commonwealth Court had not yet been called by the AP. 

According to unofficial returns from the Department of State, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Timika Lane held a 6.5% lead (47.3%-to-40.8%) over Jill Beck, an attorney from Pittsburgh, while Bryan Neft, a former president of the Allegheny County Bar Association tallied just under 12% of the vote. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party did not endorse a candidate in the race for Superior Court. 

The winner of the Democratic PA Superior Court primary race will face Republican Megan Sullivan, who received the PAGOP endorsement and was unopposed for the GOP nomination, in November’s election. 

The Democratic race for the two nominations for the Commonwealth Court are also close. 

As of 7 A.M. on Wednesday morning, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lori Dumas led the way with 29.2% of the vote, while Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge David Spurgeon, who was endorsed by the PA Democratic Party, tallied 26.7% of the vote, and Amanda Green-Hawkins, a former Allegheny County Councilwoman, garnered 26.3% of the vote, according to unofficial returns from the Department of State. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sierra Thomas Street was in fourth place with nearly 17.8% of the vote. 

The two winners of the Democratic Party primary will face Republicans Stacy Wallace, a McKean County attorney, and Judge Drew Crompton in November’s election.

One vacancy for the Commonwealth Court is for President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt, who is turning 75 in 2022. The other vacancy on the court is a temporary appointment that is expiring – Judge Drew Crompton, who is seeking a full term. Republicans hold a 7-2 majority on the Commonwealth Court. 

3 Responses

  1. We could at least have non-partisan primary for judges, where they all run together and the top two face off in the fall.

    1. PA’s judicial elections system is political, of course, but it is honestly political. Do you really think Judges who are appointed because they’re friends of State Senators are less political than elected Judges? It’s just not explicit.

  2. Odd that judges are (laughingly) considered non-political, but candidates are endorsed by political parties and even Politics PA keeps track of the political balance on the supposedly non-political PA Supreme Court.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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