Statewide Candidates Get on the Ballot

20170307_151122The 5 pm deadline passed on Tuesday, and now we know who has officially filed to be on the statewide ballot in the May primary.  

To get onto the ballot statewide, each candidate had to file 1,000 valid signatures, including at least 100 from five counties. PoliticsPA asked each candidate to estimate their number of signatures.


There is no competition in the GOP primary for Supreme and Commonwealth Court races.

Party-endorsed Supreme Court candidate Justice Sallie Mundy is the only name on the ballot.  For Commonwealth Court, it will be Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon and Paul Lalley.  

The only contested race is the the Superior Court primary. The state party endorsed four endorsed candidates: Judge Emil Giordano, Wade Kagarise, Judge Paula Patrick, and Craig Stedman. Mary Murray, an Allegheny County magisterial court judge, is also on the ballot.  

As a general practice, the Pa. Republican party collects signatures from the county parties and organizes individual circulators for the endorsed candidates. The party also submits petitions on behalf of the candidates.  According to the state party, each of the endorsed candidates filed with over 9,000 signatures, including over 100 in 24 counties.  

“The PA GOP is energized to support our qualified candidates by building the grassroots and financial infrastructure needed for a seven-for-seven sweep this fall,” PA GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio said.  

Judge Carl A. Solano, Kenneth J. Suter, Matthew L. Wolford submitted paperwork to receive a candidate rating from the Pa. Bar Association, but did not file petitions.  


The Supreme Court is the only uncontested Democratic primary race. Judge Dwayne Woodruff’s name will be the only one on the ballot.

Update: Woodruff filed 11,000 signatures, according to his campaign.

In the Superior Court race, the party-endorsed candidates are Judge Carolyn Nichols, Judge Deborah A. Kunselman, Judge Maria McLaughlin and Judge H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. They will be joined on the ballot by William Caye of Allegheny County.  

Update: According to her campaign McLaughlin filed 13,187 signatures, the most of any candidate.

Update: According to her campaign, Nichols submitted 6,900 signatures.

Kunselman filed 6,250 signatures and Moulton filed 6,700 signatures.  

“I am humbled and honored by the tremendous support we received. What we accomplished with a purely volunteer support base was truly incredible,” Kunselman said.  

“Thanks to PA State Democratic Committee members, county and municipal committees, and countless volunteers who helped make sure there would be no doubt that we would be on the ballot,” Moulton said.  

In the Commonwealth Court, the party endorsed one candidate, Todd Eagen, and left one endorsement open. Timothy Barry, Rep. Bryan Barbin, Judge Ellen Ceisler, Irene Clark, and Judge Joe Cosgrove all filed.  

Eagen led the pack with 10,475 signatures from 55 counties.  Ceisler filed 4,874 signatures with 15 counties over 100.  Clark filed 2,600 signatures including seven counties with over 100 signatures.  Barbin filed filed over 2,000 signatures with over 100 from nine counties and signatures from 20 counties.

“It is awe inspiring to see such a groundswell of support from so many people across Pennsylvania,” Eagen said.

Update: According to his campaign, Cosgrove submitted 5,635 signatures.  

“It’s humbling to have that kind of support throughout the Commonwealth, and I am looking forward to continuing to work hard to earn it every day,” Ceisler said.  

“I am looking forward to the primary election,” Barbin said.  

James Crumlish, who sought the endorsement of the Pa. Dems did not file with the Department of State.  

Albert J. Flora Jr., and Judge Lillian Harris Ransom sought the Pa. Bar’s recommendation, but did not seek the endorsement of the party, or file petitions with the Department of State.  

The campaigns will now turn their focus towards the other candidates’ petitions, March 14th is the last day to file objections to petition signatures.

8 Responses

  1. They need to eliminate the signature requirement to get on the Ballot in Pennsylvania . Give people the Option of just Paying a Filing Fee and Just make it so they file a Notarized statement of Candidacy

  2. Heard a story today that the outgoing administration of the Republican State Comm. deleted all the files and records of the State Comm. as an act of revenge for losing control of the party organization. If that is true, someone should be held accountable.

  3. Well we can see by the numbers who has a ground game and who should reconsider dropping out.

  4. Women are the ticket this year and I predict that there is a better chance of a Dem/GOP cross with the women winning every race.

  5. There is a zero percent chance the Republicans go seven-for-seven. The only ones who have a legitimate chance, in my opinion, are Paula Patrick and Fizzano Cannon – two women. The Republican party white male ticket will get crushed by the Dems…especially in the Superior Court race.

  6. Shameless plug/self-promotion: If candidates (for any races) are interested in doing Petition Challenges (or need defending from them), I just updated my VoterWeb system with the March 6th stateside snapshot from the State Dept voter files.

  7. So is Ceisler the only candidate from the Southeast, with Crumlish and Ransom not running? That’s gotta be a great piece of luck for her.

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