The Pennsylvania Republican Party voted to endorse Carolyn Carluccio to be the party’s nominee for an open state Supreme Court seat this fall.
The party committee members selected Carluccio, a Montgomery County judge, over two other candidates – Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paula Patrick and Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough of Allegheny County – at their annual winter get-together in Hershey.
Carluccio tweeted that (she is) “humbled, honored, and cannot wait to get to work with the state party and the rest of the endorsed ticket. The work has just begun!”
Last weekend, the state Democratic Party voted to endorse Daniel McCaffery, a Philadelphian who serves on the state Superior Court, as its nominee to the state Supreme Court.
The winner will serve a 10-year term on the state’s highest court. Democrats currently hold a 4-2 majority on the bench. The open seat on the seven-member court is due to the passing of chief justice Max Baer in the fall.
The Pennsylvania primary is slated for Tuesday, January 16. Nomination petitions can be circulated for signatures beginning on February 14 with a deadline of March 7.
The state GOP also endorsed Maria Battista and Harry Smail for Superior Court, as well as Megan Martin for Commonwealth Court.