There may not be as many seats available as in previous years, but the race to become a judge in Philadelphia is just about as crowded as usual.

As of the March 12 deadline to get on the ballot for 2019 judicial races, 41 contenders have filed to vie for six open seats on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Thirteen candidates have also filed to fill one vacancy in the Municipal Court. All but two of the Municipal Court candidates are also seeking spots on the Common Pleas bench.

The crowded field is only slightly fewer than the 50 candidates who fought for nine open seats on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas bench in 2017, and the 47 candidates who fought for 12 open seats on the Common Pleas bench and three Municipal Court slots in 2015.