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May 16, 2019

Follow Philadelphia Bar Association Ratings at May 21st Primary

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention has provided its slate of judicial ratings at ElectQualifiedJudges.com as a voter guide for the May 21st primary election.

The full slate includes four "Highly Recommended," 16 "Recommended" and seven “Not Recommended” to help voters make an informed decision about judicial elections. The full slate includes ballot positions for each candidate. A full list of ratings is included, below.

Candidates include those running for judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court. The 35-member Commission is independent and non-partisan, and its ratings are based upon extensive study and thorough investigation by its own 120-member investigative division. The members of the Commission include community leaders, the president judges of the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court, representatives from the offices of the public defender, district attorney and city solicitor, and representatives from the many diverse legal groups and sections of the Association.

"ElectQualifiedJudges.com is a convenient tool that can be used at the polls for guiding voters to our non-partisan judicial candidate ratings," said Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rochelle M. Fedullo. "Our ratings serve as a simple reference for Philadelphia voters in a typically ‘low information' race."

The Philadelphia Inquirer recently editorialized in support of the judicial ratings effort, calling them "perhaps the only authoritative source of information."

Candidates rated Highly Recommended and Recommended satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Save ElectQualifiedJudges.com to your smartphone for complete information that can be used in the voting booth.

"By following the ratings through our simple reference guide at ElectQualifiedJudges.com, Philadelphia voters can make an informed choice," said Commission Chair Teresa Ficken Sachs.

COMMON PLEAS

Highly Recommended:

  • James C. Crumlish (Ballot Position 8)
  • Chris Hall (Ballot Position 20)
  • Anthony Kyriakakis (Ballot Position 19)
  • Tiffany Palmer (Ballot Position 23)

Recommended:

  • Wendi Barish (Ballot Position 10)
  • James F. Berardinelli (Ballot Position 25)
  • Laurie Dow (Ballot Position 18)
  • Leon Goodman (Ballot Position 11)
  • Beth Grossman (Ballot Position 13 & 104)
  • Carmella Jacquinto (Ballot Position 24)
  • Craig Levin (Ballot Position 6)
  • Vicki Markovitz (Ballot Position 17)
  • Cateria R. McCabe (Ballot Position 15)
  • Kendra McCrae (Ballot Position 16)
  • Joshua Roberts (Ballot Position 5)
  • Jennifer Schultz (Ballot Position 4)
  • Nicola Serianni (Ballot Position 9)
  • Henry McGregor Sias (Ballot Position 21)
  • Kay Yu (Ballot Position 27)

Not Recommended:

  • Terri M. Booker (Ballot Position 26)
  • Jon Marshall (Ballot Position 7)
  • Janine D. Momasso (Ballot Position 22)
  • Sherman Toppin (Ballot Position 14)
  • Robert Trimble (Ballot Position 12)
  • Gregory Weyer (Ballot Position 28)

MUNICIPAL COURT

Recommended:

  • David H. Conroy (Ballot Position 29)

Not Recommended

  • Theresa Brunson (Ballot Position 30)
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