Republican Stabile wins Superior Court seat

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HARRISBURG — A Republican attorney from central Pennsylvania will be the state’s newest Superior Court judge, according to unofficial vote totals from Tuesday’s only statewide race.

Vic Stabile, 56, of Cumberland County, was far ahead of Democrat Jack McVay, of Shadyside, as Tuesday night turned into Wednesday morning and results continued to trickle in.

“I put everything I had into this [race], to try to let people know what my candidacy was about,” Mr. Stabile said Tuesday.

Mr. McVay, 57, has been a judge in the Family Division since 2008, a position he will continue to hold.

“I’m proud of the campaign that we ran,” said Mr. McVay, an Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge, late Tuesday as he conceded defeat.

A graduate of Duquesne Law School, Mr. McVay previously worked as an assistant Allegheny County solicitor, assistant solicitor for the city of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County Housing Authority general counsel.

He thanked his supporters and said he would not have done anything differently in the race.

“I think we knew that it might be an uphill fight in the fall, and it was,” he said Tuesday evening.

Mr. Stabile, 56, of Cumberland County, is a partner at law firm Dilworth Paxson.

He previously worked in the state Attorney General’s office and had served as a clerk in Commonwealth Court.

He had pledged during the campaign he would not “legislate from the bench.”

The Superior Court is one of two appellate-level courts in the Commonwealth and hears appeals on both civil and criminal matters.

Both men were rated “recommended” by the state Bar Association, though an association panel later criticized Mr. Stabile for a negative ad, saying it violated a judicial campaign pledge to refrain from negative advertising.

Mr. McVay said the ad unfairly accused him of nepotism; Mr. Stabile said he stood by the ad.

The contest was the only statewide, competitive race on the ballot.

Kate Giammarise: or 717-787-4254. Twitter @KateGiammarise.

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