Pa. high court race overshadows campaign for lower courts

Written by The Associated Press | May 11, 2015 1:35 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The crowded contests for Pennsylvania's highest court get more attention, but Democratic nomination races also are underway for one open seat each on the state's two intermediate appellate courts. 

The primary election is May 19. 

The Superior Court contestants are Judge Robert Colville, a 15-year veteran of the Allegheny County bench who isn't accepting outside campaign contributions, and Philadelphia Judge Alice Beck Dubow.

Dubow has raised $335,000 and is emphasizing her more extensive experience as a lawyer. 

A state bar panel that evaluates appellate court candidates rates Colville as "highly recommended'' and Dubow as "recommended.'' 

The Commonwealth Court race pits Scranton labor lawyer Todd Eagen against Pittsburgh lawyer Michael Wojcik. Eagen is the endorsed Democratic candidate and Wojcik is a former Allegheny County solicitor. 

The bar panel gave both candidates ``recommended'' ratings.  

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