Dems jockey to take on three PA Superior Court Judges

    Six Superior Court candidates are running for three slots in tomorrow’s Democratic primary.

    Six Superior Court candidates are running for three slots in tomorrow’s Democratic primary.

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    Anne Lazarus says she’s presided over more than five thousand trials during her eighteen years as a Philadelphia judge, and would draw on that experience if elected.

    Lezarus: I think I’m really in a unique position to be able to evaluate what should have happened at a trial at the Superior Court level.

    Robert Colville, an Allegheny County judge since 2000, says he’d bring integrity to the post.

    Colville: We have to be able to trust that the people in whose hands we lay decisions that will affect the lives of citizens are going to be fair, and honest, and straightforward.

    Kevin McCarthy is also from Allegheny County, where he’s worked as a prosecutor for nearly two decades. He says that would give him unique perspective on the court.

    McCarthy: 60 percent of the court’s docket is criminal. And I’m the only prosecutor running on either ticket.

    Tom Munley has spent decades on the bench in Lackawanna County.

    Munley: I spent my whole life around common people and regular people and veterans. I spent my career trying to help veterans. And I think I’d be fair and honest when I sit on the Superior Court, if I win.

    And Philadelphia Judge John Younge says voters need to make their decisions based on the candidates’ reputations.

    Younge: Do they have a reputation for being honest? Do they have integrity? Do they have a reputation for being impartial?

    Judge Paula Patrick didn’t respond to an interview request. The three Republican Superior Court candidates are running unopposed.

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