PA Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus announced her candidacy for the State Supreme Court today. As we’ve discussed, they’ll be three seats open on the body in next year’s elections.
Judge Lazarus currently serves as Chair of the Judicial Conduct Board and has served as a Superior Court judge since 2009. She was first appointed to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1991 by Governor Bob Casey Sr. She won re-election later that year and in 2001.
“I am honored and excited to formally announce that I will be a candidate for Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court in 2015,” she stated in her announcement. “Throughout my tenure as both a trial and appellate judge, I have seen Pennsylvanians at some of the most difficult times of their lives and gained a unique understanding of the role that our judicial system plays in the fabric of our state.”
“I have always believed that being a jurist is more than just a job: judges are the face of the judicial system in Pennsylvania and our responsibilities go beyond the bench,” Judge Lazarus continued. “This is why I take great pains to recognize attorneys who were providing exemplary pro-bono service and why I dedicate my time to mentoring young lawyers — I want to do my part to ensure that our great Commonwealth lives up to its promise and potential for generations to come.”
“I look forward to spending this campaign talking to the voters of Pennsylvania about my dedication to the judiciary and priorities for Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court,” she concluded.
In 2015, voters will be filling the vacancy of retiring Chief Justice Ron Castille, the seat left open by Judge Seamus McCaffery’s resignation and Justice Correale Stevens’ term will also be expiring.