Connelly, Spurgeon elected to Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Allegheny County voters Tuesday elected two new judges to the Court of Common Pleas.
Patrick Connelly and David Spurgeon edged out Mary C. McGinley for two open seats, according to unofficial Allegheny County election results.
Connelly of Lawrenceville received 43 percent of the vote with 76 percent of precincts reporting, followed by Spurgeon of McKeesport, who had 37 percent. McGinley, 40, of Squirrel Hill received 20 percent.
Connelly, 50, has worked as an attorney in private practice for more than 20 years. He mainly represents people involved in civil lawsuits. He serves as solicitor for Pittsburgh's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and previously chaired the Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board.
The Pennsylvania Senate last year appointed Spurgeon, 46, to fill a county court vacancy. He previously served as a prosecutor in Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.'s office. He also works as an adjunct professor at the Duquesne University School of Law and Point Park University.
Connelly and Spurgeon are Democrats who earned “highly recommended” ratings from the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Judges serve 10 years and are paid $180,000 yearly.