Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court Judge Carolyn Nichols announced her entry into this year’s Democratic primary yesterday.
“I’m running for Superior Court to bring my two decades of legal experience, a balanced approach and a firm commitment to bringing integrity to the bench,” she stated. “This state has hardworking residents who deserve jurists that have the experience and dedication to the law. I am prepared to take the next step and serve on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court”.
Nichols received her law degree from Temple University and as well as a MBA from Eastern University.
Meanwhile, David Barton is running in the GOP primary. Barton is a Magisterial Court Judge in Allegheny County. Last year the PA Supreme Court appointed him to the Court of Judicial Discipline.
“I am excited to officially launch my campaign for Superior Court,” Barton said. “It is critical that Pennsylvanians elect experienced and qualified jurists to the Superior Court who understand all levels of our judicial system, and know civil as well as criminal law.”
“Pennsylvania voters can count on me to interpret the Constitution and laws as written and not legislate from the bench. Additionally, as a member of the Court of Judicial Discipline, I know firsthand how important it is for judges to maintain the highest ethical standards. This strengthens the public’s trust in our judicial system. I am committed to continuing my work to make our judicial system honest, fair, and efficient.”
Finally, according to Sam Janesch of Lancaster Online, Lancaster County DA Craig Stedman is considering entering the Republican primary.
There are currently four vacant or soon-to-be open seats on the State Superior Court. Among the eleven non-interim members, the partisan breakdown is seven Republicans and four Democrats.