Megan Martin wins GOP nod for Pa. Commonwealth Court

By: - May 16, 2023 10:36 pm

Here’s a look at where the races for Pennsylvania’s appellate courts stand.

Two seats are up for election on the Superior Court, which hears initial appeals in criminal cases and civil lawsuits. Three Democrats are running for that party’s nomination. Two Republicans are also running.

Two Democrats and two Republicans are seeking nominations to run for one open seat on Commonwealth Court, which hears lawsuits against the state, and appeals of decisions by state and local government agencies. 

Commonwealth Court: 

Megan Martin, who has extensive experience in state government including a decade as secretary-parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Senate, won the Republican nomination for Commonwealth Court. Unofficial tallies showed her beating Second Amendment attorney Joshua Prince 63.2% to 36.8% as of 10 p.m. 

In the Democratic primary, Matt Wolf, a supervising civil judge of the Philadelphia Municipal Court was leading challenger Bryan Neft, unofficial tallies showed

Superior Court: 

In the Democratic primary, attorney Jill L. Beck led the primary pack, ahead of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Timika Lane and Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick Dugan, unofficial tallies showed.

In the Republican primary, attorney Maria Battista was leading Westmoreland Court of Common Pleas Judge Harry F. Smail, unofficial tallies showed.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.