PHL Dems

CANDIDATES

Democratic Candidate for the Supreme Court:

Judge Maria McLaughlin

Highly Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, first in her family to attend college, single mom, lawyer, judge and appellate judge, Maria McLaughlin personifies the meaning of hard work. In 2017, Judge McLaughlin led the ticket amongst nine candidates statewide for a seat on the Superior Court, where she now serves.

Judge McLaughlin grew up in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her law degree from Delaware Law School-Widener University. Upon graduation from law school and for the next 19 years, Judge McLaughlin worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and later as Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Unit. She was one of the youngest female Chiefs ever appointed in Philadelphia. Her life is, to this day, dedicated to protecting the rights of children.

Judge McLaughlin is endorsed by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and every County Party, as well as nearly every Elected Official, Labor Union, & Political group in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Details can be found at her website: JudgeMclaughlin.com/endorsements/

Democratic Candidate for the Superior Court:

Judge Timika Lane

Judge Lane will be an excellent Superior Court Judge, thanks to her deep commitment to public service and extensive community involvement. Elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2013, Judge Lane has presided over criminal matters, and recently was tapped by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to co-chair a new statewide Committee on Adult Probation and Parole, formed to advise the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Judge Lane is a very strong writer and brings keen insight from her career chapters as in family law private practice, the Public Defender’s Office, legislative constituent services, and teaching. She teaches continuing legal education courses to improve the legal profession. Judge Lane will be an excellent statewide Democratic candidate in the general election this November – as Republicans will try to gain political control of that Court and it is overwhelmingly white. We need Judge Lane’s experience and perspective on the Superior Court: 13 of its 14 Judges are white, and the Republicans are trying to win control of the Court, which is now evenly split.

Read the candidate’s PA Bar Association Judicial questionnaire.

Democratic Candidates for the Commonwealth Court:

Judge Sierra Street

Highly Recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, first in her family to attend college, single mom, lawyer, judge and appellate judge, Maria McLaughlin personifies the meaning of hard work. In 2017, Judge McLaughlin led the ticket amongst nine candidates statewide for a seat on the Superior Court, where she now serves.

Judge McLaughlin grew up in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her law degree from Delaware Law School-Widener University. Upon graduation from law school and for the next 19 years, Judge McLaughlin worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and later as Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Unit. She was one of the youngest female Chiefs ever appointed in Philadelphia. Her life is, to this day, dedicated to protecting the rights of children.

Judge McLaughlin is endorsed by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and every County Party, as well as nearly every Elected Official, Labor Union, & Political group in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Details can be found at her website: JudgeMclaughlin.com/endorsements/

Judge Lori Dumas

A resident of the 8th Ward, Judge Dumas would bring proven intellect, work ethic, and experience to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. She has served as a Judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas since 2002, presiding over family, criminal, and civil matters.

Judge Dumas was a contributing author of the 2018 Pennsylvania Juvenile Delinquency Benchbook and is currently co-authoring a digital resource in partnership with the American Medical Association. Judge Dumas has been recognized for her excellent work and service to the community, and has received numerous awards, recognitions, and distinctions from a wide array of community, governmental and legal organizations. Judge Dumas is lauded by her fellow judges for her intellectual curiosity and case preparation. Attorneys who have appeared before Judge Dumas describe her as fair with good judicial temperament.

Read the candidate’s PA Bar Association Judicial questionnaire.