Brobson to face McLaughlin in November for Supreme Court, lower court race matchups too close to call

By: - May 19, 2021 1:32 am

Republican Kevin Brobson has won the Republican nomination for an open seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Brobson, a current Commonwealth Court judge, will face Democrat Maria McLauglin, a Superior Court judge who was unopposed in the primary, in November for a seat on the high court.

The seat is open with the retirement of former Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, who was first elected as a Republican. 

Justices elected as Democrats currently control the court with a 5-2 majority. Justices serve a 10-year term before they face a retention election. Justices do not face an opponent in these races. Instead, voters can either confirm or deny a justice a subsequent ten year term. 

Two positions on the Commonwealth Court are open, as is one on the Superior Court. The former lower court handles appeals against the state government and its agencies, the latter most everything else.

There was no competition for the three open appellate seats for GOP voters. However, Democratic races for the spots are still too close to call.

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.