On Tuesday, November 7, Pennsylvanians went to the polls across our Commonwealth to elect statewide and local officials. In the first general election following the 2016 cataclysm, women swept all of the statewide judicial races.
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO congratulates endorsed candidates, Maria McLaughlin, Deborah Kunselman, Carolyn Nichols and Ellen Ceisler on their victories in the Superior and Commonwealth Courts. The state federation also applauds the overwhelming support for the retention of Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor and Justice Deborah Todd as well as Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Shogan. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO also extends its congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Sally Mundy and newly elected Commonwealth Court Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon, who were endorsed by several Pennsylvania unions, on their victory.
While fellow endorsed candidates Judge Dwayne Woodruff, Judge Geoff Moulton and Hon. Irene M. Clark, fell short of winning in yesterday’s election, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO remains proud of their candidacy.
Pennsylvania is currently the largest delegation to have zero representation of women in the U.S. Congress, and our Commonwealth has yet to elect a woman to the U.S. Senate. The Labor movement is the largest grassroots movement of women in America. As we head into the 2018 election cycle, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will work to elect women candidates and public servants to defend the rights and livelihoods of all working people.