Please vote to retain these jurists, who have served the public well

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On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters will be asked to vote, yes or no, whether they favor the retention of judges who are up for a retention vote. Judges Ronald Folino, Kathleen Mulligan, Lawrence O'Toole, Jill Rangos, Christine Ward and John Zottola are all currently serving as judges on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Chief Justice Ronald Castille and Justice Max Baer of the Supreme Court and Superior Court Judges Susan Gantman and Jack Panella serve the citizens of our commonwealth at the statewide level.

As past presidents of the more than 6,500-member Allegheny County Bar Association, we urge you to vote in favor of retention of all 10 of these highly qualified women and men. These judges and justices originally ran as a mix of Democrat and Republican, but each has served the judiciary with fairness and distinction. The six judges of the Court of Common Pleas have ruled on family and children matters and in both civil and criminal cases. They have all been rated and judged worthy of retention by the Allegheny County Bar Association.

The four judges and justices on our appellate courts have all been recommended for retention by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission. These positive ratings by the Allegheny and Pennsylvania bars were given only after carefully screening judicial performance. The advantage the public has in retention elections is that these judges and justices are not being voted on by what they say they will do but, rather, on how they actually performed on the bench. Please vote yes on Nov. 5 to keep fairness, quality and experience on our courts.

Immediate Past President
Allegheny County Bar Association

The letter was signed by 19 other past presidents of the bar association.

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