Voting in Philly primary will provide a partisan ticket for several offices to be contested in the Municipal Elections. Democrats, Republicans and one or two minor parties will show their choices for various offices.
In Philadelphia, progressives and conservatives will fight internally to become the new office holders on November 2. The primaries began the mail-in elections. May 18 is the date to go to the machines. The positions in dispute are the following:
- District Attorney.
- City Controller.
- (A) Justice of the Supreme Court
- (B) Judge of the Superior Court
- (C) Judge of the Commonwealth Court
- (D) Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
- (E) Judge of the Municipal Court
- (F) Judge of Election and Inspector of Election
- The data for this report were taken from votespa.com. With this text we will try to make a voters practical guide.
Philly Primary Step by Step
The election period officially began last February 16, 2021. That was the first day of circulation and presentation of candidacy petitions. May 11 was the last day to apply to vote by mail or civil absentee ballot.
May 18 is the last day for the County Board of Elections to receive absentee and mail-in ballots. They must be received by 8:00 p.m. In addition to the general ballots, there are the proposed constitutional amendments.
From this section we begin the presentation of positions and candidates by parties.
The District Attorney is the highest position in the jurisdiction of the legal department. He or she supervises a team of assistant district attorneys. Within the justice system they have a very active role. In the country the vast majority of cases are actually decided by plea bargain. This means that the position has an incredible amount of power and discretion.
The contending Democrats are:
Larry Krasner (incumbent).
Carlos Vega: Pennsylvania’s first Latino homicide prosecutor.
On the Republican side are listed:
Chuck Peruto: A progressive-turned-Republican.
In this case, the fight will be initially heated in the Democratic camp. The conservative will wait until November 2 to try to impose himself on the option that triumphs between Krasner and Vega.
Also at stake in this step-by-step Philly Primary is the office of the City controller. This is the ultimate watchdog over public finances. One of his most pressing responsibilities is to audit city government spending.
This will be a lone contest. The Democrats only submitted the name of Rebecca Rhynhart, the incumbent. She is known for being very critical of the Jim Kenney administration.
Justice of the Supreme Court
The position represents the highest court in the Commonwealth court system. There is one vacancy on this court. According to the data obtained for this Philly primary, the “court of last resort” will be contested.
On the Democratic board is Maria McLaughlin. The Republicans have Paula Patrick, Kevin Brobson and Patricia A. McCullough on the track.
Judge of the Superior Court
In 2021 there is an open vacancy in Pennsylvania. The incumbent on this bench will carry appeals for most citizens and businesses. For this office the Democrats are enthusiastic. It has registered for the Philly primary Jill Beck, Timika Lane and Bryan Neft.
On the Republican side, Megan Sullivan is running solo.
Judge of the Commonwealth Court
There are two vacancies in the Commonwealth Court. It hears civil cases involving state or local government. It also acts on appeals and as a trial court in certain cases brought by or against the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania has the only such court in the country.
Under the Democratic interest will be David Lee Spurgeon, Lori A. Dumas, Sierra Street and Amanda Green Hawkins. Conservatives are vying between Drew Compton and Stacy Marie Wallace.
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
There are eight vacancies on this court. The Democrats to primary in Philly will be Wendi Barish, Terri M. Booker, Rick Cataldi, Chris Hall, Michele Hangley, Maurice Houston, Nick Kamau, Craig Levin, Cateria R. McCabe, Mark Moore, Patrick J. Moran, John R. Padova, Daniel Sulman, Caroline Turner, Tamika Washington and Betsy Wahl.
On the Republican side, no one will be in contest.
Judge of the Municipal Court
There are three vacancies. In the fight will be on the Democratic side Michael Lambert, Barbara Thomson, George Twardy and Gregory Yorgey-Girdy. The Republicans do not appear.
Judge of Election and Inspector of Election
These people are your neighbors and must live in your voting division. Two inspectors in each division make sure the voting machines are running on time. Just as the election judge makes sure everything is set up according to state and local laws.
Translated by: José Espinoza