Judge Paul Panepinto, who sits on the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, has acquired enough signatures to run as a independent for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this Nov. 3. The 29,000 names are more than twice the number necessary to get on the ballot.
There are three open seats. On the Republican ballot are Judith Olson, Michael George and Anne Covey. On the Democrat side are David Wecht, Christine Donohue and Kevin Dougherty.
This is the first time in 20 years there will be an independent on the ballot notes PoliticsPa.com.
“I have followed the rule of law and believe that our Constitution must be followed and respected for what it says,” Panepinto says. “Dedication to maintaining the integrity of our judicial system compels me to run for Supreme Court.”