Republican attorney Paul N. Lalley is the first Republican to officially jump into state Commonwealth Court race.
Mr. Lalley, 44, an Allegheny County resident, announced his candidacy today. He says he’s excited and really it’s easy to believe that because enthusiasm is the number one qualification for a candidate for statewide office.
Running statewide is hard work. Pennsylvania is a big state with lots more people to reach than the geographically larger, but less populous states out west.
“I believe that my passion for the law, qualifications and experience, which have earned me a rating of highly recommended from the Allegheny County Bar Association, have prepared me to serve Pennsylvania on this important appellate court,” Mr. Lalley said in a statement.
Mr. Lalley is a lawyer with Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo and Miller, P.C. in Allegheny County. He focuses on labor and employment, municipal law/school law and appellate law. He is from Montgomery County and lives in Allegheny County with his wife, Jessica, and their two daughters, Felicity and Reagan.
He’s hired Mike Barley, the campaign manager for Gov. Tom Corbett, as his top campaign aide.
The only Democrat to announce so far is attorney Todd Eagen of Dunmore.
With Mr. Lalley’s entry into the race, Mr. Eagen’s road to the court just got a lot tougher. I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago.
— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK