Current Elections

2017 Local and State Elections

General Election NOVEMBER 7!                Get our get-out-the-vote postcard HERE!

It’s all about the Judiciary:

Primary 2017 is an important year for local and state-wide elections. There are no federal elections this year. 14WIDC endorsements are listed below and the 2017 Voters Guide was mailed to the home address of registered Democrats in the 14th Ward on May 8.

14WIDC Endorsements

Members of the 14WIDC met on Sunday April 23 for the Annual Endorsement Meeting. Members had the opportunity to listen to candidates for office and then vote to endorse their chosen candidates.

The Club’s official endorsements for 2017 are as follows:

  • PA Supreme Court Justice: Dwayne Woodruff
  • Allegheny County Sheriff: Bill Mullen
  • City of Pittsburgh Mayor: Bill Peduto
  • Pittsburgh City Council – District 8: Dan Gilman
  • Pittsburgh School Board – District 1: Sylvia C. Wilson
  • Pittsburgh School Board – District 5: Terry Kennedy
  • Magisterial District Justice: District 5-2-35: Dan Butler
  • PA Superior Court: Carolyn H. Nichols, Geoff Moulton, Maria McLaughlin, and Debbie Kunselman
  • PA Commonwealth Court: Ellen Ceisler and Todd Eagen
  • Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas: Patrick Connelly and David Spurgeon

Offices & Candidates up for Election in 2017

Links lead to the official websites for each office to learn more information. All current Democratic candidates for each office are listed in alphabetical order and political incumbents are indicated with (I) and sitting judges that have been appointed to fill a vacancy until November’s election are designated with an (A) for appointed. 14WIDC endorsed candidates are bolded.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) has rated the candidates for statewide judicial offices, as indicated below.

The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) has rated all judicial candidates for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and any candidates for statewide judicial office who have requested a review.

The Allegheny County Democratic Party has also released their endorsements for 2017.


PA Supreme Court – 1 vacancy

  • Judge Dwayne Woodruff – PA Bar Assn Recommended & ACBA Recommended

PA Superior Court – 4 vacancies

  • William F. Caye, II – PA Bar Assn Not Recommended
  • Judge Deborah Anne Kunselman – PA Bar Assn Highly Recommended
  • Judge Maria McLaughlin – PA Bar Assn Recommended
  • Judge Geoffrey Moulton (A) – PA Bar Assn Highly Recommended
  • Judge Carolyn H. Nichols – PA Bar Assn Recommended

PA Commonwealth Court – 2 vacancies

  • Rep. Bryan E. Barbin – PA Bar Assn Recommended
  • Walter Timothy Barry – PA Bar Assn Recommended & ACBA Highly Recommended
  • Judge Ellen H. Ceisler – PA Bar Assn Recommended
  • Irene McLaughlin Clark – PA Bar Assn Not Recommended & ACBA Not Recommended at this Time
  • Judge Joseph Matthias Cosgrove (A) – PA Bar Assn Highly Recommended
  • Richard Todd Eagen – PA Bar Assn Recommended

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas – 2 vacancies

  • Pauline Calabrese – ACBA Not Recommended at this Time
  • Patrick Connelly – ACBA Highly Recommended
  • Rosemary Christina Crawford – ACBA Highly Recommended
  • Jessica Lynch – ACBA Not Recommended at this Time
  • Mary McGinley – ACBA Recommended
  • Judge David Spurgeon (A– ACBA Highly Recommended

Allegheny County Sheriff

  • Bill Mullen (I)
  • George Satler

City of Pittsburgh Mayor

  • Darlene Harris
  • William Peduto (I)
  • John Welch

Pittsburgh City Council – District 8

  • Dan Gilman (I)

Pittsburgh School Board – District 1

  • Sylvia C. Wilson (I)

Pittsburgh School Board – District 5

  • Terry Kennedy (I)
  • Ghadah Makoski

Magisterial District Judge – District 05-2-35

  • Judge Dan Butler (A)
  • Abbie Campsie
  • Mark Sindler
  • Matthew J. Wholey

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, Oct 10       Last day to REGISTER before the November election
  • Tuesday, Oct 31       Last day to apply for ABSENTEE ballot
  • Friday, Nov 3            Last day for Board of Elections to receive ABSENTEE ballots
  • Tuesday, Nov 7        ELECTION DAY … PGH 14 WIDC Voters’ Guide