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Editorial: Don’t forget to vote

Don’t for­get to vote

Cam­paign 2014 prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing one.

Loc­ally, there will be com­pet­it­ive Demo­crat­ic primar­ies in the 174th and 202nd le­gis­lat­ive dis­tricts, the 2nd Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict and the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict. The 13th’s cur­rent rep­res­ent­at­ive, Allyson Schwartz, is part of a crowded primary for gov­ernor. And state Sen. Mike Stack is among a bunch of hope­fuls for lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor. But be­fore we get to next May, there is a pretty big elec­tion on Tues­day.

Pennsylvani­ans will elect a judge to Su­per­i­or Court. The can­did­ates are Re­pub­lic­an Vic Sta­bile and Demo­crat Jack McVay for a seat that of­ten serves as a step­ping stone to the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court.

City voters will elect sev­en judges to Com­mon Pleas Court. There are nine can­did­ates. North­east res­id­ents Anne Mar­ie Coyle, Joe Fernandes and Dan Mc­Caf­fery are vir­tu­al shoo-ins. Judge Ken Pow­ell needs to win to stay on the bench fol­low­ing an ap­point­ment by the gov­ernor. All agree he is su­premely qual­i­fied, but he has one draw­back — he’s a Re­pub­lic­an in a town where more than half the voters like to ig­nore is­sues and push the straight Demo­crat­ic but­ton. Cit­izens fed up with both ma­jor parties can cast a protest vote for a Liber­tari­an can­did­ate.

The in­cum­bent dis­trict at­tor­ney and city con­trol­ler are seek­ing new four-year terms. D.A. Seth Wil­li­ams faces Danny Al­varez, who has put fight­ing pub­lic cor­rup­tion at the top of his agenda. Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz could be eye­ing a may­or­al run in 2015, but first must con­tend with Terry Tracy.

More than 20 judges will be seek­ing re­ten­tion to the Su­preme, Com­mon­wealth, Com­mon Pleas and Mu­ni­cip­al courts. The big name is Su­preme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille, a Rhawn­hurst res­id­ent and former dis­trict at­tor­ney. Castille, whose 1989 re-elec­tion as D.A., marked the last time a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate won city­wide, will turn 70 in 2014 and have to re­tire at the end of the year, as­sum­ing he is re­tained.

The turnout for the May primary was a miser­able 9 per­cent.

“Not even one in 10 eli­gible Phil­adelphi­ans voted in the primary,” city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er Stephanie Sing­er lamen­ted last week at a meet­ing of the Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity.

Do your part to at least get us in double di­gits. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ••

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