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Judge Panepinto first to hit the radio

Panepinto first to hit the radio in PA Supreme Court race

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court candidates have less than two months to make their case to voters – and the first candidate to hit the airwaves is the last candidate to throw his hat in the ring.

Judge Paul Panepinto!

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul Panepinto on Monday announced his campaign’s first radio spot, which is the first ad launched in the general election.


Panepinto entered the race as an independent candidate this summer after the three Democrat and three Republican candidates were elected in the May primary.

The ad calls him an “independent, proven reformer” and touts his record in adoption cases in family court. Markets include Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Reading and Allentown.

The race for three open seats on the seven-member court means this election could swing the political direction of the current Republican-leaning court, which also means it could draw big money from out-of-state interest groups in addition to party spending.

Panepinto’s third-party entry is an interesting curve-ball, as it could disrupt those partisan plans (though previously he has run for judge as a Republican).

No word yet on how much Panepinto spent on the ads – or how much other candidates are squirreling away. Earlier this year, we found the dozen candidates vying for a spot on the final ballot spent more than $5 million, setting up the race to be one of the most expensive in the country.

Stay tuned for next week’s campaign finance reports – due on Sept. 22 – for more on that.


Daniels, Mellissa. " Panepinto first to hit the radio in PA Supreme Court race" Trib Live. http://blog.triblive.com/orp/2015/09/14/panepinto-radio-pa-supreme-court, (accessed September 15, 2015)