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Wecht, Covey Win Judicial Races

By Sari Heidenreich, Contributing Writer

Democrat David Wecht and Republican Anne Covey have earned themselves spots on two of Pennsylvania’s statewide appellate courts.

Allegheny County Judge Wecht beat Cumberland County attorney Vic Stabile in the Superior Court race 54 – 46 percent. He picked up strong support in his home county and southwest PA, including neighboring Westmoreland which gave up all other seats to Republicans.

Pennsylvania’s newest Commonwealth Court Judge, Covey took 53.5% of the statewide vote, leaving opponent — and fellow Bucks County native — Kathryn Boockvar with 47.5%.

In their home county, Covey had an even stronger lead, tallying 55.3% of the vote.

“I’m honored to be able to serve the citizens in this new capacity,” Covey said. “And I thank all the individuals who helped me to this place and this is a great win for everyone who is behind my message.”

Wecht’s campaign manager,  Mike Dineen, spoke to PoliticsPA on behalf of Wecht, who has an 8:30am trial Wednesday Morning for his current post on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

“We’re feeling great tonight. We are happy that the voters of Pennsylvania realize that experience matters — and that’s why we think we won.”

Dinnen said the fact that the race was decided “based on his qualifications” was a victory of itself, Dineen said referring to Wecht’s eight years of judicial experience.

“Mr. Stabile was very gracious along the campaign trail,” Dineen said of his opponent. “We always enjoyed running into him.”

About 1.8 million Pennsylvanians voted in the Superior Court race with slightly fewer voting for a Commonwealth Court judge.

“Tonight Republicans earned huge wins across our Commonwealth.  Voters across Pennsylvania elected the most qualified and experienced candidate to the Commonwealth Court: Anne Covey.  I am confident that Anne will serve with honor and distinction by bringing her integrity and incredible work ethic to the bench,” PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason said in a statement.

“I also commend Vic Stabile for running a hard fought and vigorous campaign and for diligently bringing his conservative vision for Pennsylvania’s judiciary to voters across our Commonwealth.”

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