Reordering the court: Pennsylvania voters weigh judge races

Written by The Associated Press | May 16, 2017 3:19 PM

People walk by the Pennsylvania Judicial Center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. A Pennsylvania ethics board is accusing state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin of violating both judicial and constitutional codes of conduct by exchanging lewd and offensive emails with friends. The Judicial Conduct Board on Tuesday said it filed four charges with a disciplinary court that has the power to remove judges. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania primary voters are picking candidates for open seats on the state's appeals courts, races that make up the only statewide contests on the primary ballot this year.

There are 18 people running for Superior Court and Commonwealth Court in Tuesday's primaries, while the two major parties each have a single candidate for an opening on the Supreme Court.

Five Democrats and five Republicans are competing for four nominations to serve on Superior Court. It's a busy mid-level appeals court that takes criminal, civil and family court appeals from counties.

For Commonwealth Court, which handles matters in which government agencies are a party, Republicans have two people seeking for two openings so they will almost certainly be the GOP candidates this fall.

Democrats have six candidates seeking the two nominations.

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