This year’s crowded campaigns for City Council, judge, and city commissioner feature several public school parents and teachers running for the first time.

The parents who responded to the Notebook’s request to interview first-time candidates told us they felt compelled to make the leap into politics to help other Philadelphia families.

Court of Common Pleas

Tiffany Palmer is running to become a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, a contest in which names on the ballot are often unfamiliar to voters. Of the 25 judicial candidates on Tuesday’s primary ballot, Palmer is one of just four who are “highly recommended” by the Philadelphia Bar Association.