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On May 21, Pennsylvanians will go to the polls to select their party’s nominees for two open seats in the Pennsylvania Superior Court. For municipal races, voters in Philadelphia will select candidates for the city’s Mayoral race, while Allegheny County residents will be focused on the contest for County Executive. PCN will also spotlight a special election in the 12th Congressional district, located in northern and central Pennsylvania, where US Rep. Tom Marino resigned from the seat earlier this year.
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An Article from Vice President of Programming, Francine Schertzer
Election 2019 on PCN
By: Francine Schertzer, Vice President of Programming at PCN
While an election for state appellate court or a local government entity may not garner the same headlines as a Presidential or Gubernatorial race, just as much is at stake in the Commonwealth. During the 2019 election, Pennsylvanians will go to the polls to fill two open seats on the PA Superior Court, along with several Appellate Court retentions.
In recent years, Pennsylvania’s Appellate jurists considered the legality of Congressional district boundaries, which ultimately resulted in a new district map and an influx of eight new Congressional members, including four women, in the 2018 election. Other issues before the courts included: natural gas drilling regulations, local gun control measures, and public school funding.
Philadelphians will go to the polls to vote for a Mayor. Current Mayor Jim Kenney was elected in 2015 and is seeking a second term. In Western Pennsylvania, Allegheny County residents will vote on County Executive, a post held by Rich Fitzgerald since 2012.
Voters in Northeastern Pennsylvania will have a special election for the 12th Congressional district, to fill out the remainder of the term held by former Congressman Tom Marino, who retired in January. Each party has selected their nominees, and the ballot will correspond with Pennsylvania’s Primary election on May 21st.
Voters can learn more about the candidates for these positions by watching PCN-TV, the Pennsylvania Cable Network, or by accessing PCN via our webpage, app, or on other digital platforms. PCN is a state-wide cable network, providing unedited, non-partisan political and public affairs programming.
Special editions of On the Issues will feature one-on-on interviews with candidates, so that viewers can learn more about their positions and background. Additionally, Journalists Roundtable will go on the road to hear what reporters from different regional newspapers have to say about the upcoming elections.
As a general policy, PCN extends invitations to all individuals who are placed on the ballot, including Third Party candidates, for the races of statewide interest. This means viewers also get to learn about lesser-known candidates who may not be included in all candidate debates hosted by outside entities.
PCN also provides an online video gallery that includes the interviews noted above, along with other related programming, so that voters can learn more about the candidates in one convenient location.
The Primary election will culminate with a live production on May 21st. After the polls close, PCN will provide a live Call In Program, featuring political and legal experts, along with ballot results.
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