ACBA members recommend all six judges for retention

This year, six incumbent Allegheny County judges are serving the final year of their election terms and will face the electorate in the November General Election in a “YES – NO” retention election. The Allegheny County Bar Association conducted a poll during the spring, asking its members to indicate whether each Allegheny County judicial candidate running for retention should be “recommended” or “not recommended” for retention. All of the Allegheny County judges who were on the ballot received very strong support from bar association membership – each receiving a “recommended” rating – and as a result, the ACBA is recommending all six for retention.

Receiving a “Recommended” rating are:


Justice Debra Todd
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan
Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Judge Kelly E. Bigley
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County


Judge Cathleen Bubash
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County
Judge Michael E. McCarthy
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County
Judge John “Jack” T. McVay Jr.
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County


The ACBA Judicial Retention Election Campaign is funded by the ACBA Judicial Excellence Committee PAC through non-dues contributions from members and law firm political action committees. It is intended to preserve the nonpartisan nature of retention elections.