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