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12 candidates to vie for 3 open seats on state high court

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 10, 2015 2:19 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The race for an unprecedented three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will involve a dozen judges and lawyers.

The candidates, six Republicans and six Democrats, filed nomination petitions to get their names listed on the May 19 primary ballot. The top three vote-getters in each party will compete in the Nov. 3 general election.

The GOP candidates are Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens, who was appointed to complete the term of another justice, Superior Court judges Cheryl Allen and Judy Olson, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey, Adams County Judge Michael George and Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren.

The Democrats are Superior Court judges Christine Donohue, Anne Lazarus and David Wecht, Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty, Jefferson County Judge John Foradora and Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff.

Earlier stories are below:

The field of candidates for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court continues to grow on the last day they can get their names on the May 19 primary ballot.

Ten candidates had submitted their papers to state elections officials by this morning, only hours before the deadline.

Republicans who have filed are Superior Court judges Cheryl Allen and Judy Olson, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey, Adams County Judge Michael George and Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren.

The Democrats are state Superior Court judges Christine Donohue, Anne Lazarus and David Wecht, Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty and Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff.

To qualify, each candidate had to gather at least 1,000 voters' signatures, including at least 100 from each of at least five counties.

First version:

Most of the candidates for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court filed their nomination petitions at least a day ahead of Tuesday's deadline, signaling the competitiveness of the race.

At least eight candidates had submitted their papers to state elections officials by Monday to get their names on the May 19 primary ballot. More submissions are anticipated Tuesday.

Republicans who have filed are Superior Court judges Cheryl Allen, Anne Covey and Judy Olson, Adams County Judge Michael George and Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren.

The Democrats are state Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue, Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty, Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff.

To qualify, each candidate had to gather at least 1,000 voters' signatures, including at least 100 from each of at least five counties.

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