Judicial elections, 2013

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This page includes summaries of the 2013 judicial elections. Six states elected judges this year: Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.


2013 election pages


New York






Louisiana, unlike the other states, did not re-elect any judges this year, but instead filled 26 open seats on its courts. Much of the action happened on or before the October 19th primary, leaving only 18 candidates competing for 9 seats in the general election. This is partly because, in Louisiana, unopposed candidates are automatically elected without having to appear on the ballot.

The closest races were for the Rapides and St. Tammany Parish Justice Courts. In Rapides Parish, Patricia Paul, a Democrat, edged out Republican Paula Brady with approximately 53% of the vote. The St. Tammany race was even closer, where Anne Thompson won approximately 52% of the vote over Darryl M. Taylor. In that race, both candidates were Republicans.

The highly sought-after East Baton Rouge Parish Justice Court position, won by Republican Larry Spencer, drew a total of seven candidates. However, at nine candidates, the race for Orleans Parish Traffic Court was the most crowded. Democrat Steven Jupiter won that seat in the end. In both races, only the top two candidates from the primary advanced to the general election.

For full results, see: Louisiana judicial elections, 2013.

New York

The judicial elections in New York this year were mostly for municipal court seats. In many of these under-the-radar, local elections saw town and village court justices re-elected.

The higher-level trial courts saw plenty of action, especially for the supreme court seats, which attracted a large number of candidates. There were 31 supreme court seats up for election this year, spread across 11 of the 13 judicial districts. The New York City supreme court results are outlined below.

New York City supreme court races:
The results for New York City's supreme court races are as follows. The city contains the 1st, 2nd, 11th and 12th Judicial Districts. Between those four courts, there were 14 seats up for election this year.

For full results, see: New York judicial elections, 2013.


In odd-numbered years such as this one, Ohio elects municipal court judges. Such elections for local judgeships are often uneventful. This year saw 58 incumbents unopposed for re-election in the general election. However, one dramatic race stands out...

Two candidates running for a position on the Akron Municipal Court were neck-in-neck after the election and had to wait for a recount to decide their fate. Jon Oldham sought to unseat incumbent Katarina V. Cook. At first, it looked like he might do so. When the first results were posted, Oldham led in the race for Seat 1 by only 16 votes. After provisional and additional absentee ballots were counted on November 18, Cook was 17 votes ahead of Oldham. The results were certified on November 26, 2013. An automatic recount was then triggered due to the close race.[1][2][3] After the recount, Cook was shown to have won by 15 votes. In total, she had 13,888 votes to Oldham's 13,873.[4]

The new judges who were elected are as follows:

For full results, see: Ohio judicial elections, 2013.


Pennsylvania, one of the more competitive states for judicial elections this year, elected 57 new judges in November. Still, there were few upsets. Approximately 26% of the total general election candidates were unopposed going into the general election and each of the 68 judges seeking retention got another term.

Many eyes were on the retention elections of Supreme Court Justices Ronald Castille and Max Baer, as well as that of Superior Court judges Susan Peikes Gantman and Jack Panella. All of these judges and justices were retained. Castille received the lowest percentage of votes in favor of retention, at 68.%, but that was still well beyond the 51% required for him to gain another term.

In only contested Superior Court race, Republican Vic Stabile emerged victorious, though the race was quite close. Stabile received 51.6% of the vote, while his opponent, Judge Jack McVay, Jr. of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, received the other 48.4%.

For full results, see: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2013.


Washington's judicial elections this year were far from competitive. The few judges who ran for re-election all won new terms. Only one of them faced any competition. Three of them didn't even have to appear on the ballot. Due to the counties in which they were located, they were re-elected automatically following the election. For more information on the state's election laws, see this page: Washington judicial elections.

The race of note this year was for the Division 3, District 2 on the Court of Appeals. Recently-appointed incumbent George Fearing defeated John Gary Metro handily, with 70% of the vote.

For full results, see: Washington judicial elections, 2013.


Wisconsin was the only state to hold a Supreme Court election this year (Pennsylvania held retention elections for two of its justices, but not popular elections). The re-election of Patience Roggensack was the highlight of the state's judicial races. She defeated challenger Ed Fallone with approximately 57% of the vote and will go on to serve another ten years.

The general election in Wisconsin was largely dominated by incumbents unopposed for re-election. Out of 37 total judgeships up for election or re-election this year, only 11 of those were contested in the general election.

Ten new judges were elected this year. Lisa Stark will join the Court of Appeals, District III, after running unopposed in April. For the circuit courts, the following new judges were elected:

Additionally, Marlene Engstrom and Richard Alan Ginkowski were elected to the Kenosha County Municipal Court.

For full results, see: Wisconsin judicial elections, 2013.

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