After several weeks of television commercials, direct mail, and robo-calls, the big Democratic Primary Election in Philadelphia is finally happening tomorrow. There are tons of people running for almost a dozen different offices, including Mayor, City Council, City Commissioner, Register of Wills, Sheriff, and a bunch of different types of judges. The ballot is very long and it may seem daunting the first time you look at it. You can see a sample of what the ballot will look like here.
So, to help you navigate your way through this long ballot, I have organized my thoughts on this election and offer the following recommendations. Feel free to bring this with you into the polling booth to guide you in your voting, or forget about it and vote for whoever you want. Just make sure you vote tomorrow. It is important.
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.