2021 Candidates

In 2021, Pennsylvanians will be voting on statewide judicial races, as well as municipal and school board offices.

The Clinton County Democratic Committee is committed to fairly promoting all Democrats seeking office. If you’re a Democrat seeking office in 2021 in Pennsylvania and would like to be included, please contact us to submit your bio and headshot.

Voters will select judges for the Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, Commonwealth Court and Superior Court.

The term of one Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice will expire on December 31, 2021. A seat held by a Republican justice is also up for retention election on November 2, 2021. Retention elections require simple yes/no votes on whether or not retain a sitting judge.

The terms of four Commonwealth Court and two Superior Court judges expire in January 2022. Only one of those Commonwealth Court seats, currently held by Judge Andrew Crompton, is up for a partisan election on November 2, 2021. A primary is scheduled for May 18, 2021. Three Republican Commonwealth Court judges and two Republican Superior Court judges must stand for retention election on November 2, 2021, in order to remain on the bench.


Maria McLaughlin

Maria McLaughlin is a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court who was elected to a 10-year term in 2017. She was previously a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, having been elected in 2011 after spending nearly 25 years as an attorney.

Learn more about Maria here.

Carolyn Nichols

Carolyn Nichols is a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court was elected to a 10-year term in 2017. In Philadelphia, she served in the criminal court division as a Court of Common Pleas judge. Prior to holding judicial office, she practiced law for 20 years in various positions mainly in city government and as a solo practitioner.

Learn more about Carolyn here.


Jill Beck

Attorney Jill Beck spent ten years as a law clerk for the Honorable Christine Donohue – first on the Superior Court and then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Prior to her work with Justice Donohue, Jill fought for abused and neglected children as an attorney for the nonprofit organization KidsVoice. Jill spent the last year in private practice as a civil litigator at Blank Rome in Pittsburgh. The Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee is highly recommending Jill in her candidacy for Superior Court.

Learn more about Jill here.  

Deborah Canty

Deborah Canty is currently assigned to the Juvenile Branch of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. Judge Canty serves as the co-chair for the Board of Judges’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee which oversees annual community service projects for the First Judicial District. She is also the current Assistant Secretary for the Clifford Scott Green Chapter of the National Judicial Council.

Learn more about Deborah here.  

Timika Lane

Timika Lane was elected to the Court of the Common Pleas in November 2013 and is currently assigned to the Major Trials program in the Criminal Division. She serves as Chair of the Board of Judges Board of City Trust Committee, Co-Chair of the Local Criminal Rules Committee and a member of the Communication and Community Affairs, Jury, FYI and Women Judges Initiative committees.

Learn more about Timika here.

Bryan Neft

Bryan Neft served as the 110th President of the Allegheny County Bar Association and his work is focused on commercial litigation and toxic torts. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointing me as a member, and later as chair, of its charitable arm, the IOLTA Board, which funds legal service agencies across the Commonwealth to support those who cannot afford them.

Learn more about Bryan here.  


Lori Dumas

Lori Dumas has served as a judge on the bench for over 18 years. She served as a Common Pleas Court Judge in the Philadelphia Family Court – Juvenile Division for the majority of her tenure where she fought for fair and equal justice for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable children and families. She has served in the Criminal Division and is currently assigned to the Civil Division.

Learn more about Lori here.

Amanda Green-Hawkins

Amanda Green-Hawkins

Amanda Green-Hawkins moved to Pittsburgh in 2002 to become assistant general counsel for the United Steelworkers Union. In addition to that role, she also currently serves as director of the Civil and Human Rights Department at United Steelworkers. She is an alumnus of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she was a law clerk for a judge serving on the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County.

Learn more about Amanda here.

David Spurgeon

David Spurgeon has served as a judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas since 2016, assigned to the Family Division. He has been recognized as a national expert on domestic violence and has been named a Judicial Fellow by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for his judicial leadership. He currently serves as the Chair of the Family Violence Work Group for the 5th Judicial District.

Learn more about David here.

Sierra Street

Sierra Street has served as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia since 2013, presiding over hundreds of trials in the criminal division. She is the lead supervising judge in the Philadelphia Indicting Grand Jury Program and is also the immediate past president of the National Bar Association Judicial Council Clifford Scott Green Chapter and a member of the prestigious Temple American Inn of Court.

Learn more about Sierra here.

Note: The Clinton County Democratic Committee does not endorse candidates, but makes every effort to help evenhandedly publicize individuals seeking the Democratic nomination or running on the Democratic ticket. We embrace the will of the people following the Primary Election and wholeheartedly support the nominees selected in the election process.