On Monday, April 1, the 13 member Policy Committee of the Philadelphia Democratic Party met to decide which of the remaining 34 candidates for Common Pleas and Municipal Court would be selected for a party endorsement. The committee made the following recommendations, which must still be ratified by the entire City Committee (69 Ward Leaders) at noon on Friday, April 5. Here are the committee recommendations:

Common Pleas Court (6 open seats)

Municipal Court (1 open seat)

Click on the links above to read more about each individual candidate.

As of close of business on Friday, the first 12 judicial candidates for Common Pleas and Municipal Court Judge have filed nominating petitions, making them official candidates for office. The following candidates have filed:

The first 10 candidates have now completed our questionnaire and those responses have been added to their profiles. Click their names below to read more about them.

As the campaign season progresses, we will continue to update the site with more information about each potential and actual judicial candidate in the field. As we have done in the past, we will keep you updated on who actually files to become a candidate, and who withdrawals from the race, as well as keeping track of each candidate's endorsements and Bar Association Rating.

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is one of the few organizations that conducts a substantive review of each candidate that runs for judge of a Philadelphia Court. The commission thoroughly reviews each candidate on criteria such as legal ability, experience, temperament, and integrity.

Without a doubt, the biggest influencer of judicial elections is the Philadelphia Democratic Party. Each cycle, the leadership of the party meets to endorse a diverse slate of candidates. The ground troops of the party, known as committee people, will often stand at polling places throughout the city handing voters sample ballots with the official endorsed slate.

Primary Election Day is May 21, 2019, and polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. To find out where you vote, check out the website of the Philadelphia City Commissioners. They have a handy web app that will show you where your polling place is and give you directions on how to get there. You can even view an example of what the ballot will look like in your polling booth.