HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — This year's Pennsylvania ballot is the sparsest in more than a decade, with just one statewide race to draw voters to the polls.
The race for an open seat on the state Superior Court features Democrat Jack McVay Jr., an Allegheny County judge, and Republican Vic Stabile, a Harrisburg lawyer. Both have strong credentials and it's a low-key contest.
Still, the candidates have raised nearly $350,000 between them. The lion's share is from interest groups and political parties. And as in any judicial campaign, questions crop up about the potential influence of political money on the scales of justice.
Barry Kauffman of Pennsylvania Common Cause calls the courts "the last stop in the democratic process." He says plaintiffs and defendants need to know they'll "get a fair shake."