DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Election for the Office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County
[51 Pa.B. 5499]
[Saturday, August 28, 2021]
On August 12, 2021, the Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth (Acting Secretary) received written notice that Judge James Murray Lynn has revoked his declaration of candidacy for retention as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Under the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth, an election for the judicial office held by Judge Lynn will occur as part of the municipal election to be held November 2, 2021.
In the Municipal Election, the electors of Philadelphia County will now elect 11 Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Each elector will be entitled to vote for up to 11 candidates, with the 11 candidates receiving the largest number of valid votes being elected.
In the Municipal Primary held May 18, 2021, the electors of the Democratic Party nominated eight candidates for the office of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. No Republican candidates appeared on the ballot in the Republican Municipal Primary. Further, as the result of two earlier retention revocations by two other Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, a ninth and tenth vacancy for the Court were previously added to the 2021 Municipal Election ballot, with nominations for those vacancies to occur prior to nomination certificates and nomination papers. See 51 Pa.B. 4034 (July 24, 2021) and 51 Pa.B. 5320 (August 21, 2021). Now, due to Judge Lynn's retention revocation, by law, each of the certified Statewide political parties of the Commonwealth—the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the Libertarian Party and the Green Party—will be permitted to nominate one additional candidate for Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County by submitting to the Acting Secretary, no later than September 13, 2021, a nomination certificate in the form prescribed by law and prepared in accordance with the applicable rules of the political party. See 25 P.S. §§ 2938.3, 2953 and 2954. Political bodies will be permitted to nominate a candidate by filing with the Acting Secretary, no later than September 13, 2021, nomination papers prepared and submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Election Code (25 P.S. § 2600—3591).
Additional information is available on the Department of State's publicly accessible web site at www.dos.pa.gov.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 21-1396. Filed for public inspection August 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m.]
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