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For Allegheny County Common Pleas Court: Elect Ward, Satler, Bush & Murray

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Six candidates are vying for four seats on Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. We recommend voters elect the following on Tuesday:

• Bill Ward, 61, of Mt. Lebanon, has been serving on the court since last year's appointment by Gov. Tom Corbett. And it's clear to see why, what with his extensive legal and criminal law background. His solid legal mind and even temperament render him worthy of election in his own right.

• Jen Satler, 38, of the North Side, is a veteran of the county public defender's office and mock trial instruction at Pitt. Experienced and youthful, she's the kind of person we see as having a long-term, positive effect on a court system that some consider to, at times, lack vigor.

• Eleanor Bush, 53, of Squirrel Hill, is particularly qualified for the Family Division, where new judges typically begin their tenure. This sharp legal mind not only oversees training for the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network, she has extensive experience in legal advocacy for families and children. She'll be an excellent addition to the bench.

• P.J. Murray, 52, of Upper St. Clair, strikes us as having the perfect qualifications for a judge — great legal experience and the humble nature of someone who simply does not say he wants to “give back to the community” but practices that mantra. Well-seasoned in the law, his fine temperament will help him meet the bench's many challenges.

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