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Politics & Government

State Supreme, Superior Court Nominees Set

The field of candidates for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is now set.

Republicans on Tuesday chose Superior Court Judge Judy Olson, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey and Adams County Judge Mike George as their candidates. Democrats nominated Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty, and Superior Court judges David Wecht and Christine Donohue.

Philadelphia Judge Alice Beck Dubow was dubbed the Democratic nominee for a seat on the state Superior Court. She defeated Allegheny County Judge Robert Colville.

Dubow's mother was the first woman elected to the Superior Court. She ran on her diverse experience as a lawyer for 23 years before joining the Philadelphia bench in 2007.

Colville has been a judge for 15 years. He promised not to accept any outside money during his campaign to protest the expanding role of money in judicial campaigns.

In heavily Democratic Philadelphia, the mayoral primary effectively solidified former Councilman Jim Kenney as the city's next leader. No Republican has been elected mayor in Philadelphia since 1948, and no independent for many more years before that.