Welcome to the Judicial Vote 2013 website, sponsored by the Judicial Excellence Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. We have the obligation to provide the citizens of Allegheny County with as much information as possible to help voters make informed choices when they select candidates for Allegheny County's judiciary and when they are asked to vote to retain judges who are currently on the bench.

In the 2013 Pennsylvania primary elections on May 17, voters chose candidates for the following judicial positions: one (1) judge on the PA Superior Court; one (1) judge on the PA Commonwealth Court; and two (2) judges on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

There will be two types of elections on November 5, 2013.

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Merit Retention Election

The first type of election is a Merit Retention Election. This election is for current, sitting judges who are required to run to retain their judicial positions every ten years. These judges are not running against anyone. Rather, voters are being asked whether these judges should remain on the bench based on their performance, qualifications, and merit.

The judges who are listed below have been recommended for retention by the members of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Hon. Max Baer

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Hon. Ronald W. Folino
Hon. Kathleen R. Mulligan
Hon. Lawrence J. O’Toole
Hon. Jill Rangos
Hon. Christine A. Ward
Hon. John A. Zottola

To view a bio of each judge running for retention for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and for additional information about the retention campaign that will be run by the Allegheny County Bar Association on behalf of these six judges, click on the button below. Note: Since Justice Max Baer is running a state-wide campaign, he has chosen not to participate in the bar campaign.


Judicial Election for New Judges

The second type of election is for new judges. The Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee has interviewed and rated candidates who are running for the PA Supreme Court, the PA Superior Court, and the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. These ratings are only for candidates who live in Allegheny County, have their principal place of business in Allegheny County, or are judges of a court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and whose judicial offices are located in Allegheny County.

Please click on the Judicial Election button for a listing of the ratings.

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Merit Retention Election - Click here