Kagarise Throws His Hat Into the Superior Court Ring

kagariseJudge Wade Kagarise is seeking a spot on the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

“Now more than ever we need judges who will keep the courts free from politically driven priorities,” he wrote in a letter to Republican committee members. “It is for this reason that after prayer and encouragement from trusted colleagues and friends, that I will seek the Republican State Committee endorsement for a spot on The Pennsylvania Superior Court in 2017.”

Judge Kagarise has served on the Blair County Court of Common Pleas since 2014 and was previously a Chief Deputy District Attorney.

He graduated from Indiana University in 1995 and received his law degree from the Widener University School of Law in 1997.

There are currently four vacant or soon-to-be open seats on the State Superior Court. Among the eleven non-interim members, the partisan breakdown is seven Republicans and four Democrats.

15 Responses

  1. MattJ. He did not run uncontested in his judge race. There were 3 candidates and it was a highly contested race.

  2. Decided to run after”prayer”. That is sufficient to disqualify him my opinion. Mike Huckabee in a black robe.

  3. Kagarise came in 1st place in the Central Caucus poll. Well rounded candidate with party appeal. Interesting to see how he does across the rest of the state.

  4. I heard he did well in the straw poll; however, he had plants in the audience to throw him softball questions plus other tricks. He knows how to play the game for sure. These committee people amaze me.

  5. Looks like a good candidate. Well rounded. Better than the party hacks or private practice attorneys with no law enforcement or judicial experience.

  6. I’ve know Kagarise for a number of years and have always been impressed. He might be young but he’s got tons of experience as both a prosecutor and a family law attorney. He’s been on the bench a few years and has significant political experience. A good mix of qualities we don’t often see if many of the candidates. Central PA also needs to ensure that it is represented on the ticket. With seven positions open this cycle it makes sense that the candidates reflect all parts of the state, nit just the two coats.

  7. I agree with Matt. He doesn’t have enough experience to be a Superior Court Judge and he will be overwhelmed by running in a statewide race unless he has a million dollars. He’s trying to do too much too fast. He needs to be a Common Pleas Judge a bit longer. He will not get the endorsement this time, but he might in 2019 if he plays the game right. This is all a fixed game….

  8. He is a nice guy, but I don’t see him getting the endorsement. He has no statewide name recognition, and he ran uncontested for his Judge race. There are much stronger candidates in the Republican field. I guess we will find out tomorrow at the central caucus meeting. If he doesn’t finish in the top 3 in the straw poll, he’s done in my opinion because this is home region.

  9. No, because he’s a Republican. Logic and rules don’t apply to us. Ask Donald. If he disagrees, wait a couple hours for his polar to switch.

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