Judges may have a greater impact on your life or the community as a whole than the executive or legislative branch, says Maida Milone, president and CEO of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.
"If you are in family court and it’s a question about whether or not your parental rights will be terminated, it’s a judge that's going to make that decision. If you are in a dispute with your landlord and it's a question of whether or not you will be evicted, it’s a judge who is going to be making that decision," Milone said.
There are two open seats on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court with a few candidates from both parties running as well as several open bench positions in the Court of Common Pleas across all five counties.
"Our hope is that most people know their local judge candidates better than they would know statewide candidates and therefore might be able to cast a thoughtful and reasonable decision about who should be a judge," Milone added.