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2015 Judicial Candidates

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.  

Currently the table contains an unofficial list of potential candidates that I have compiled by talking to folks at various political events. This list will not be official until after March 10th, when candidates file nomination petitions. The table will start out with only names of potential candidates, but as more information becomes available (including which office they run for, what ballot position they draw, and which notable endorsements they earn) I will update the table with that information.

As of 2/10/2014, there are 12 open seats for the Court of Common Pleas (CP) and 3 open seats for the Municipal Court (MC). If you have any information that should be added to or changed on this list, feel free to contact me by clicking here. Note: content in the table below is sortable by clicking on the column headers.

UPDATE 2/23/2014: Since a lot of people have requested contact information for each of the campaigns, I have added email addresses to the table for those candidates I had information for. If I am missing contact information for your campaign, please send us a message by clicking here.

UPDATE 4/11/2015: You can now download this table as an excel file by clicking here.

OfficeStatusBallot #NameEmailWebsiteEndorsementsPhila Bar
CPWinner11DiClaudio, Scottsdiclaudio@aol.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Philadelphia Black ClergyNot Recommended
CPWinner12Powell, Ken (CP Judge)honkenpowell@gmail.comwww.electjudgepowell.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Operating Engineers Local 542, Laborers District Council, Pentecostal Clergy PAC, 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 9th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), Philadelphia Gay NewsRecommended
CPWinner13Roman, Tracywww.tracyromanesq.comDemocratic City Committee, 8th WardNot Recommended
CPActive14Marshall, Jonjon.marshall@temple.eduNot Recommended
CPActive15Louden, Edwardewloudenesq@msn.comwww.loudenlaw.comNot Recommended
CPActive16Goodman, Leongoodman4judge@comcast.net8th Ward, 9th WardRecommended
CPWinner17Young, LyrisLyris.younge@gmail.comwww.lyrisyounge.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, AFSCME District Council 33, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Philadelphia TribuneNot Recommended
CPActive18Ortelere, Brianortelereforjudge@gmail.comwww.ortelereforjudge.comEd Rendell, Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Philadelphia Black Clergy, Progressive Philly Rising, 8th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), LEAD, Philadelphia Gay NewsRecommended
CPActive19Berardinelli, Jamescommittee@jfbforjudge.comwww.jfbforjudge.orgLiberty City LGBT Democrats, 5th Ward, 27th WardRecommended
CPWinner20Grey, Dainegrey4judge@gmail.comwww.friendsforgrey.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, AFSCME District Council 33, Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Philadelphia Black Clergy, Progressive Philly Rising, 9th Ward, Philadelphia Gay NewsRecommended
CPActive21Schultz, Jenniferjenn4judge@gmail.comwww.jenn4judge.comAFSCME District Council 47, Pentecostal Clergy PAC, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)Recommended
CPWinner22Papademetriou, Rainyrainy@rainyforjudge.comwww.rainyforjudge.comEd Rendell, Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Philadelphia Black Clergy, Guardian Civic League, Progressive Philly Rising, National Organization of Women (NOW), 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 9th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), LEAD, Philadelphia Gay NewsRecommended
CPWinner23Fletman, Abbe (CP Judge)abbeforjudge@comcast.netwww.abbeforjudge.comDemocratic City Committee, Ed Rendell, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, Victory Fund, Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Philadelphia Black Clergy, Progressive Philly Rising, National Organization of Women (NOW), 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 9th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), LEAD, Philadelphia Gay NewsHighly Recommended
CPActive24Furlong, Vincentfurlonglaw@yahoo.comwww.facebook.com/FurlongForJudgeFraternal Order of Police (FOP)Not Recommended
CPActive25Bennett, Waynebennettcommonpleas@gmail.comAFSCME District Council 47, Progressive Philly Rising, LEADRecommended
CPActive26Toppin, Shermanvote@toppinforjudge.comwww.toppinforjudge.comAFSCME District Council 33, Philadelphia Black Clergy, Pentecostal Clergy PAC, Philadelphia TribuneNot Recommended
CPActive27Giusini, Vincevjglaw@aol.comwww.vinceforjudge.comAFSCME District Council 47, Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Operating Engineers Local 542Recommended
CPActive28King, Leonleonkingesq@gmail.comwww.kingforjudge.orgAFSCME District Council 47, 8th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Gay NewsRecommended
CPActive29Martin, Tommartinlaw1@aol.comwww.martinforjudge.comEd Rendell, AFL-CIO, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Philadelphia Black ClergyRecommended
CPActive30Kyriakakis, Anthonyanthonyforjudge@gmail.comwww.anthonyforjudge.comAFSCME District Council 47, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Philadelphia Black Clergy, National Organization of Women (NOW), 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)Recommended
CPActive31Major, Raniamajorlawyer@comcast.netwww.major4judge.comNot Recommended
CPActive32Hill, JoshJoshHillForJudge@gmail.comwww.joshhillforjudge.comRecommended
CPActive33Weaver, Sandjaiweaver4judge@outlook.com30th WardNot Recommended
CPActive34Summers, Lynnelynnemsummers@msn.comwww.lynnemsummersforjudge.comNot Recommended
CPActive35Tsai, Stellastellamingtsai@gmail.comhttps://stellatsai.ngpvanhost.comLiberty City LGBT Democrats, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Progressive Philly Rising, 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 9th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), LEAD, Philadelphia Gay NewsRecommended
CPWinner36Scott, Kaifriends4kaiscott@gmail.comwww.friendsforkaiscott.comDemocratic City Committee, Ed Rendell, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, AFSCME District Council 33, District 1199c, Laborers Local 332, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Philadelphia Black Clergy, Progressive Philly Rising, National Organization of Women (NOW), 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 9th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), LEAD, Philadelphia Gay NewsHighly Recommended
CPActive37Bennett, Franklinfrank@bennettlaw.usNot Recommended
CPWinner38Roberts-Perez, MiaMPerez@perezlawllc.comwww.miarobertsperez.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, AFSCME District Council 33, District 1199c, Laborers Local 332, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Progressive Philly Rising, 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 9th Ward, LEAD, Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Gay NewsRecommended
CPActive39Johnson, Shaneseshanesejohnsonforjudge@gmail.comwww.shanese4judge.comNot Recommended
CPActive40Clemons, Lucretialucretia4judge@comcast.netwww.lucretia4judge.comEd Rendell, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Philadelphia Black Clergy, 8th Ward, 30th WardRecommended
CPActive41Fattah, Franfran.fattah@gmail.comwww.fattahforjudge.comProgressive Philly Rising, LEAD, Philadelphia TribuneNot Recommended
CPActive42Lobel, Jodijodilobelforjudge@gmail.comwww.jodilobelforjudge.com27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)Recommended
CPWinner43Fanning, Michael (CP Judge)mfanning412@comcast.netDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, Philadelphia Building Trades, AFSCME District Council 33, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Firefighters and Paramedics Union, 5th Ward, 9th Ward, Philadelphia Gay NewsRecommended
CPActive44Wahl, Betsybetsyjowahl@gmail.comwww.betsywahl.comAFSCME District Council 47, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), National Organization of Women (NOW), 8th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), LEADRecommended
CPActive45Melchiorre, Vincent (CP Judge)judgemelchiorre@gmail.comwww.judgemelchiorre.comDemocratic City Committee, Ed Rendell, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Philadelphia Black Clergy, 5th Ward, 27th WardRecommended
CPWinner46Mallios, Chrismallios2015@gmail.comwww.mallios2015.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, AFSCME District Council 33, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Progressive Philly Rising, 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 9th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), Philadelphia Gay NewsHighly Recommended
CPActive47Brumbach, Marissaobjection70@aol.comAFSCME District Council 47, Laborers Local 332, Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Philadelphia Black ClergyRecommended
CPActive48Ciancaglini, William Jlawofficeofwjc@comcast.netwww.billycforjudge.comNot Recommended
CPActive49Boston, Tangietangiboston@gmail.comNot Recommended
CPActive51McCabe, Chrismccabeforjudge@gmail.comwww.mccabeforjudge.comEd Rendell, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, AFSCME District Council 33, Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Operating Engineers Local 542, Laborers District Council, Progressive Philly Rising, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), LEADRecommended
CPWinner52Sawyer, Stephanie (MC Judge)smsesq1@gmail.comwww.friendsofstephaniemsawyer.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 33, Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Progressive Philly Rising, National Organization of Women (NOW), Philadelphia Black Clergy, 27th Ward, LEADRecommended
CPActive53Cash, Starr Marshallstarrmarshallcashlaw@gmail.comAFSCME District Council 33Not Recommended
CPActive54Watson-Stokes, Deborahdeborahwatsonstokes@me.comwww.dws4judge.comAFSCME District Council 33, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Philadelphia Black Clergy, 9th WardRecommended
MCWinner55Losier, Sharon Williamsswlosier@aol.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, Laborers Local 332, Laborers District Council, AFSCME District Council 33, IBEW Local 98, Philadelphia Black Clergy, 9th Ward, Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Gay NewsNot Recommended
MCWinner56Pittman, Joffiefriendsofjoffiepittman@gmail.comwww.joffieforjudge.orgDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, AFSCME District Council 33, Laborers Local 332, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Liberty City LGBT Democrats, Philadelphia Black Clergy, 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 9th Ward, 30th Ward, Philadelphia TribuneRecommended
MCActive57Perks, Matthewmkperks@gmail.comFraternal Order of Police (FOP), Laborers District Council, Laborers District Council, Pentecostal Clergy PAC, 5th Ward, 8th Ward, 27th Ward, LEADRecommended
MCWinner58Hope, Christinechristinehope2@yahoo.comDemocratic City Committee, AFL-CIO, AFSCME District Council 47, AFSCME District Council 33, District 1199c, Laborers Local 332, Teamsters Joint Council 53, Teamsters Local 830, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Firefighters and Paramedics Union, IBEW Local 98, Operating Engineers Local 542, Philadelphia Black Clergy, 9th Ward, 27th Ward, Philadelphia Gay NewsNot Recommended
MCActive59Silver, Garylawofficesofgaryssilver@comcast.netNot Recommended
MCActive61DiCicco, Christiancdicicco@myphillybankruptcylawyer.com8th Ward, LEAD, Philadelphia Gay NewsNot Recommended
MCActive62Bennett, Franklinfrank@bennettlaw.usNot Recommended
MCActive63Sulman, Daninfo@dan4judge.comwww.dan4judge.comLiberty City LGBT Democrats, 5th Ward, 27th Ward, 30th WardRecommended