The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 20, 2013

Senator proposes change in judicial election system

The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — State Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, has introduced legislation that would change the way state judges are elected in Pennsylvania.

The measure, if passed, would change the election of  Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth court judges to a regional-based system, Wozniak said Wednesday.

Wozniak said he believes that voters should be able to recognize at least one of the judges on each of the benches.

Under his initiative, the state would be divided into seven districts for each of the courts. At each election for a judicial seat, a district would be randomly selected to fill the seat, he said.

Candidate requirements would remain unchanged except for residency, which would be identical to the state Senate requirements, he said.

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