Judge Wade Kagarise moves into the second quarter fundraising with $22,677.96 cash on hand (COH), just under $10,000 ahead of the Craig Stedman who was the closest to Kagarise’s COH. Stedman has $12,970.79 COH. Judge Paula Patrick is in third with $12,488.07 COH, Judge Emil Giordano is in fourth with $1,950 COH, and Judge Mary Murray is last with $291.85 COH.
Kagarise also lead the pack in terms for fundraising, raising $35,785.72. Murray was the second most proficient fundraiser raising $26,420. Patrick came in third with $17,880, Stedman raised $14,912.74, and Giordano came in last raising $1,950.
Giordano, Kagarise, Patrick, and Stedman were all endorsed by the PA GOP, giving them access to the party’s infrastructure for petition signatures, door knocking efforts, and get out the votes efforts. In judicial elections where name recognition is low, access to this infrastructure will help them, especially those are having trouble fundraising.
The laws concerning fundraising for judicial elections can make it harder for campaigns to fundraise in traditional ways. In these elections, the candidate them self cannot ask for money directly.
The candidates are competing for four open seats on the Superior Court.