Snyder County

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State Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Justice

  • Judge Maria McLaughlin is the Democratic Nominee for the open seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Currently, McLaughlin is a judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She is a native Philadelphian who formerly served as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. McLaughlin has been endorsed by labor organizations, community groups, progressive allies, and LGBTQ+ advocates.

    McLaughlin spent almost 20 years working as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and later as Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Unit. She was one of the youngest female chiefs ever appointed in Philadelphia. As a single mother, much of her life is dedicated to protecting the rights of children. Off of the bench, McLaughlin dedicated service hours to anti-violence initiatives, re-entry programs and youth organizations. During the pandemic, she assumed the role of liaison between the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Superior Court.

    Her opponent, Kevin Brobson, has served as a judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania since 2010. Brobson has demonstrated a lack of progressive values in his decisions around gun safety, public education and gerrymandering of congressional districts drawn by the state legislature.

    Maria McLaughlin is the progressive choice for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

    Maria McLaughlin

    Judge Maria McLaughlin is the Democratic Nominee for the open seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Currently, McLaughlin is a judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She is a native Philadelphian who formerly served as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Superior Court

Superior Court Justice

  • Judge Timika Lane is the Democratic nominee for the open seat on the  Pennsylvania Superior Court. Currently, Lane is a judge of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. 

    As a native Philadelphian, the values of hard work and public service were instilled into her at an early age as her grandmother was a Philadelphia Police Detective. Although Lane came from a teaching background, in 2002, she decided to pursue a career in law. 

    While attending Rutgers-Camden School of Law in New Jersey, she continuously sought ways to serve her community and worked for the Pro Bono Domestic Violence Project, the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project and co-chaired the Black Law Students Community Outreach program. 

    Prior to her election to the bench in 2013, Lane worked as a chief legal counsel in the State Senate. In this role, she was on the front lines challenging Pennsylvania’s 2012 voter suppression law, organizing rallies and drafting legislation to counter its disparate impact on seniors, minorities, LGBTQ+ and the poor. 

    Her opponent, Megan Sullivan, has been endorsed by anti-abortion extremists and political committees representing big corporate interests. 

    Tamika Lane is the progressive choice for Pennsylvania Superior Court.

    Timika Lane

    Judge Timika Lane is the Democratic nominee for the open seat on the  Pennsylvania Superior Court. Currently, Lane is a judge of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. 

Commonwealth Court

Commonwealth Court Justice

  • Judge David Spurgeon began his career in private practice in 1996. He joined the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1998 where he remained until 2016. He prosecuted all crime types, including homicide. He was promoted to the Domestic Violence Trial Unit, where he tried some of the most heinous cases involving women, children and pets as victims. In 2009, Spurgeon was the youngest person promoted to Deputy District Attorney. Off of the bench, Spurgeon is involved in his community and served as the Board of Directors at the Center for Victims and WomansPlace. Currently, he is a board member at the White Oak Animal Safe Haven.  

    Lori Dumas and David Spurgeon are the progressive choices in this race.

    David Spurgeon

    Judge David Spurgeon began his career in private practice in 1996. He joined the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1998 where he remained until 2016. He prosecuted all crime types, including homicide.

  • Lori Dumas is running to serve on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Currently, Dumas serves as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and Spurgeon serves as a judge on the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas. Dumas has been endorsed by progressive allies, community groups, labor unions and a host of other councilmembers. Spurgeon has been endorsed by progressive allies, LGTBQ+ advocates, and a host of labor unions. 

    Judge Dumas is a native Philadelphian who has served on the bench for over 18 years. She has served as a Common Pleas Court Judge in the Philadelphia Family Court - Juvenile Division for the majority of her tenure where she fought for fair and equal justice for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable children and families. She has served in the Criminal Division and is currently assigned to the Civil Division. Dumas has also established herself as an innovative leader in guiding the City of Philadelphia in its creation of the First Judicial District's Juvenile Human Trafficking Court, which provided services to youth that had been victims of commercial exploitation. 

    Lori Dumas and David Spurgeon are the progressive choices in this race.

    Lori Dumas

    Lori Dumas is running to serve on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Currently, Dumas serves as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and Spurgeon serves as a judge on the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas.

Other Candidates

Dumas and Spurgeon are running against Andrew Crompton and Stacy Wallace, 

Both Crompton and Wallace are very well-backed by the Republican party. Crompton, who was appointed to the Court, was deeply intertwined in the last few decades of regressive and extremist legislation by PA’s Republican legislature, serving as a top aide to Republican leaders. . Wallace has publicly said she believes that a judge's responsibility is to uphold our founding documents in the spirit with which they were written, which is problematic considering some documents were influenced by racism and classism.