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Justice Debra Todd
Current Position: PA Supreme Court
Running for: Retention to PA Supreme Court

In 2007, Debra Todd became the first Democratic Woman in history to be elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is now in line to become Pennsylvania’s first female Chief Justice. On November 7, 2017, she will stand for Retention (a Yes/No Vote) on the General Election Ballot.​

Timothy T. Chamberlain
Current Position: Sheriff of Columbia County
Running for: Sheriff of Columbia County

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has a long tradition of providing excellence in service to the citizens of Columbia County. Timothy is proud of the services and programs that our deputies provide to maintain safety and provide education for all that live in Columbia County. 

​​State Wide Candidates 

Dwayne Woodruff
Current Position: Court of Common Pleas of Allegany Court
Running for: PA Supreme Court

Woodruff earned a degree in Business Finance from the University of Louisville (1979) and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law (1988), which he attended, full time at night during his professional football career with the Pittsburgh Steelers – played 12 seasons, including playing in Super Bowl XIV as a rookie in 1980, being named Steelers MVP in 1982 and serving as team captain his final three seasons.

Ellen Ceisler
Current Position: PA Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Major Civil Trails Division  
Running for: PA Commonwealth Court

After graduating from Temple University Law School in 1986, Ellen served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, where she specialized in the prosecution of crimes of domestic violence. She then worked as an investigative producer for CBS News in Philadelphia, and from 1997-2005 Ellen served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Integrity and Accountability Office for the Philadelphia Police Department. In 2007, Ellen was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. She spent her first six years in the Criminal Division presiding over major felony trials, and is currently serving in the Major Civil Trials Division.

Our Candidates for the Election

Geoff Moulton
Current Position: PA Superior Court
Running for: PA Superior Court

Judge Moulton has devoted the bulk of his career to public service, developing a broad range of experience that serves him well as an appellate court judge. Following his graduation from Columbia Law School in 1984, where he was managing editor of the Columbia Law Review, he served as a law clerk on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. After his clerkships, he spent a total of eight years as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, including four years as First Assistant United States Attorney.

Maria McLaughlin
Current Position: Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District
Running for: PA Superior Court

Judge McLaughlin presides over both family law and criminal law matters. Currently, Judge McLaughlin serves as the co-chair on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas FYI Committee and as the current vice-president of the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court. She has on numerous occasions participated on judicial panels and has lectured for the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Delaware County Bar Association, PA Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Judge McLaughlin has appeared as a guest on local television and radio shows to discuss a variety of family law topics.

Carolyn H. Nichols
Current Position: Court of Common Pleas
Running for: PA Superior Court

Judge Carolyn H. Nichols, elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2011, conducts felony jury trials in criminal court, with equal justice, protecting the rights of crime victims, and the accused; she works to create opportunities for positive reentry to prevent recidivism. She attended public schools and graduated from Temple University JD, LLM, and Eastern University MBA programs.

​Columbia County Candidates

Debbie Kunselman
Current Position: Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County
Running for: PA Superior Court

In November 2005, Judge Deborah Anne Kunselman became the first woman ever elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County. Judge Kunselman is a 1992 honors’ graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a 1989 high-honors’ graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she was a student of the Schreyer Honors College and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Irene M. Clark
Former Position: Pittsburg Municipal Judge
Running for: PA Commonwealth Court

A Public Interest Education Former Pittsburgh Municipal Judge Irene Clark’s law school motto, “Law in the service of human needs,” connected at her core and set Irene on a career focused in public interest law. After earning a B.S. degree in economics from the highly regarded University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1984, Irene returned to the New York neighborhood where she grew up and enrolled in the newly founded CUNY School of Law at Queens College, which is, according to the New York Times, “a school that trains the public’s lawyers.”

Since leaving the bench in 2003, Judge Clark’s legal career has centered on helping municipalities and organizations clean up and revitalize blighted and abandoned properties. She has become a leading authority in the field, as an attorney, representing clients in blight revitalization efforts and as an advocate, counseling state and local organizations on reforming laws and policies related to blight.

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