(WHTM) – Pennsylvania’s 2023 general election will not draw as much attention as 2022 when voters cast ballots for their next Governor and U.S. Senator.

There will be an important race to decide who sits on the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court.

The seven-seat high court currently has a majority of four justices elected as Democrats. Two other justices were elected as Republicans.

One seat is open following the death last year of Chief Justice Max Baer, who was months away from the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Judicial elections in Pennsylvania occur in odd-numbered years to 10 year terms. They may hold an unlimited number of terms until they reach the mandatory retirement age.

Here is a list of candidates for the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court.


Daniel McCaffery

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Daniel McCaffery announced his candidacy for the state Supreme Court in November 2022. During the 2023 primary he defeated Deborah Kunselman by nearly 215,000 votes.

During the primary, McCaffrey was endorsed by the state Democratic Party when he was elected to a 10-year term on the state Superior Court in 2019. He was endorsed as the party nominee for the supreme court seat in January 2023.

A former assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, he ran for district attorney in 2009 and lost in the primary. He also ended a brief candidacy for state attorney general in 2012 before winning a race for a Common Pleas Court judge position in Philadelphia.

McCaffrey served in the Army and received his law degree from Temple University.


Carolyn Carluccio

Carolyn Carluccio, the president judge of Montgomery County Court, announced her candidacy for a 10-year term on the state’s highest court. In the primary she defeated Patricia McCullough by nearly 59,000 votes.

Carluccio is a former federal prosecutor and chief public defender of Montgomery County. She got her law degree from Widener University’s Delaware Law School and was endorsed by the Pennsylvania Republican party in the 2023 election.

The general municipal election will be on November 7, 2023.

The Associated Press contributed to this report