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. 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.


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.


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.

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.

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.