Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman announced today he would not call for a statewide recount, clearing the way for fellow Republican Judge Mary Murray to win the last remaining seat on the Superior Court. Stedman also called for the legislature to examine the way the state selects appellate court judges.
“Even though this race is extremely close, and many have encouraged me to allow the mandatory recount, I simply cannot justify costing the taxpayers $500,000+,” Stedman said in a statement.
The decision by Stedman means that Murray will join Democratic Judges Maria McLaughlin, Debbie Kunselman, and Carolyn Nichols as the winners this year. Murray’s win also means that of the seven statewide elections that took place last week, women won all seven.
Stedman’s statement also called into question the way appellate judges are selected in Pennsylvania.
“Now that I have gone through the process, I am concerned that qualifications for the appellate courts, which should matter most, will continue to be at risk of being marginalized. Thus, I urge the legislature to use this as an opportunity to take a hard look at improving the way the state selects our appellate judges,” Stedman said.