2015 PA Supreme Court Voters’ Guide

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will decide the direction of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by electing three new justices to the seven-member court.

The remaining members of the court are evenly split — two Democrats and two Republicans — so this election will determine the political makeup of the court for years to come.

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court judge is elected for a 10-year term with the possibility to be retained for another 10-year term on a yes/no vote. Judges, however, are required to retire at the age of 70.

Since very few cases go to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court often makes final rulings on state law. The court deals with cases about civil rights, religious rights, the environment and redistricting of congressional districts, among other important issues that will affect Pennsylvanians.

Use this PublicSource voters’ guide to make an informed vote for this historic state Supreme Court election.

PublicSource asked each candidate four questions, and their responses have been edited for length and clarity. A link to each candidate’s full statement is provided.

Click on each candidate’s name for more information.

You can also download the printable guide here.

*Campaign contribution data current as of Oct. 19, but may not contain every contribution from Sept. 15 to Oct. 19.