On Tuesday, May 19, Philadelphia voters will go to the polls to vote in a Municipal Primary Election. Most people will walk into the voting booth with a good idea of who they want to choose for Mayor, and possibly a couple of City Council seats. But they may be surprised to see that the bulk of the ballot will be filled with scores of unknown people running for judge. Keeping track of all the people vying for a judicial seat every odd year is a challenging task for even the most politically astute. This year will be especially complicated with 15 or more vacancies in the two trial courts in Philadelphia. There are rumors that more than 80 people may throw their hat in the ring. So, as I have done in the past, I provide below a table of judicial candidates and important information on each as we head for the primary election.
Last week Pennsylvania had a Primary Election. It was an interesting election, because it had some very important races on the ballot, including competitive races for Governor and US Congress. But there were also a lot of very little elections that took place all over the city—and in some parts of Philadelphia, it was those little races that had the most action.
One of the biggest little elections last week took place in the 36th Ward, located in South Philly from Washington Avenue to Moore Street west of Broad Street to the river. It is the geographic epicenter of next year’s battle for District Council between incumbent (and Soapbox Solutions client) Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, and Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush.