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By Bobby Kerlik
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:03 p.m.

Five candidates for judge from Allegheny County missed the June 20 deadline to file campaign finance reports, the Pennsylvania Department of State said on Thursday.

Common Pleas Judge Jack McVay is running for Superior Court. The other four candidates — Dan Regan, Marcia Cooper, Marc Daffner and Common Pleas Judge Paul Cozza — ran for spots on the county bench in the primary, though Regan dropped out before the election. Cozza was appointed to fill an open slot on the bench but had to run for election.

“I was under the impression it was already filed,” McVay said. “It will be corrected.”

McVay's campaign manager, Marty Marks, said one report was filed on time but another required report was in the process of being filed. Any fines will be paid, Marks said.

Other candidates said they have since filed their reports, but state officials said they will remain on a published list of those who did not until they pay their fines.

“I know that mine is filed. I don't know if it was a day late,” Cozza said.

Ron Ruman, spokesman for the State Department, said Cozza's campaign owes $40.

Cooper showed that hers was filed June 24. She said she did not get notice of her $40 fine until Thursday but intends to pay it.

Regan said he didn't think he had to file a post-primary report because he dropped out of the race. Daffner could not be reached for comment.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or

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