Campaign Annoucement

Connelly for Judge

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 PITTSBURGH ATTORNEY PATRICK CONNELLY BECOMES FIRST DEMOCRAT TO OFFICIALLY SEEK PARTY NOMINATION FOR 2017 COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OPENINGS 

“Highly Recommended” attorney tells Democrats he is running to make a difference  

Pittsburgh (January 10, 2017) – Pittsburgh attorney Patrick Connelly last week became the first Democrat to file paperwork seeking the Allegheny County Democratic Committee’s endorsement for one of the two open seats for Common Pleas Judge in the May 16, 2017 Primary Election.  

Connelly, who is rated “highly recommended” for judge by the Allegheny County Bar Association, has focused his practice on civil law throughout western and central Pennsylvania for more than 20 years. He narrowly missed winning the Democratic endorsement in 2015 for one of three Common Pleas openings in the last cycle. Opting not to run in 2015, Connelly supported the endorsed Democratic candidates and has used the intervening time to prepare for an all-out effort to win the Democratic nomination in 2017. 

In a letter sent to Democratic Committee members today, Connelly said, “I enter this race, not because I think it is my turn or that I am owed something, but rather, because I believe I can make a difference. Most of the progress we have made on issues important to Democrats in recent history hasn’t been the result of legislative process but due to actions taken by judges in courts at every level.” 

Connelly, formerly a partner with Summers, McDonnell, Hudock & Guthrie, has been working as a sole practitioner since 2016, expanding his practice to include civil, family and criminal law. He is active in civic, community and Irish fraternal organizations and has served on Pittsburgh’s Ethics Hearings Board and as solicitor for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for the past decade.  

Connelly resides in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood with his wife, Lauren Byrne Connelly.  

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