For the first time in almost 300 years, there are three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. A total of 16 candidates are vying for these three spots.
The Tribune-Review has announced its support of Cheryl L. Allen, Correale F. Stevens, and David N. Wecht. All three candidates have been given the rating of “highly recommended” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Allen and Stevens are Republicans while Wecht is a Democrat.
The Tribune-Review noticed Allen as an “exemplary jurist…She is the definition of experience, impartiality and good temperament.”
As for Stevens, the Tribune-Review wrote that, “his combined 23 years as a Common Pleas and Superior Court judge established a solid foundation for the jurist with a strikingly good temperament and excellent grasp of the law.”
Finally, Wecht “offers a most impressive legal intellect. Intense, probing and wickedly articulate, Judge Wecht exudes integrity, legal and personal.”
For Commonwealth Court, the Tribune-Review endorsed Michael Wojcik. The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Republican Paul Lalley in the November election.
“Mike Wojcik is well suited for Commonwealth Court’s focus on appeals involving governmental and regulatory agencies, along with civil trials involving the state,” noted the editorial.
Out of the two Democrats seeking election to the Superior Court, the Tribune-Review is backing Robert J. Colville. The winner of this race will go on to face Republican Emil Giordano in the fall. Colville has received a rating of “highly recommended” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association for his “commitment to judicial ethics.”
“Colville’s ‘no donations’ primary campaign reflects his ethical concerns,” said the Tribune-Review. “Bob Colville has the temperament and experience necessary for Superior Court.”