Of the Legal Staff
The Montgomery County Republican Committee endorsed two women attorneys with a prosecutorial background earlier this month to be the party’s standard-bearers for the two open Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas judgeships.
As The Legal previously reported, this year's Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas race for two judgeships could test whether the Democrats are going to be able to perpetuate their interruption of the decades-long supremacy of Republicans in electing judges.
Just a dozen votes separated Joanna M. Cruz, who was not endorsed, from the two attorneys who were endorsed, Maureen Claire Coggins and Sharon L. Giamporcaro, said Robert J. Kerns, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee.
There were 658 party members represented through proxy or in person, said Kerns, a lawyer with Kerns, Pearlstine, Onorato & Hladik.
Kerns said both of the endorsed candidates have very distinguished resumes and will do well in the race.
Coggins, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Allentown and Norristown, Pa., has worked as a prosecutor, a public defender and a county solicitor. Coggins has worked for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and Solicitor's Office and served as the chief public defender in Lehigh County.
Giamporcaro is an assistant district attorney in the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Kerns said. Giamporcaro said she has been endorsed by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Giamporcaro is the chief of the juvenile division in the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. She has been practicing law for 25 years, including as a deputy district attorney since 2000.
According to a 2009 report in The Legal, Cruz was working part-time at Kerns Pearlstine and part-time at the Montgomery Public Defender's Office.
The Montgomery County Democratic Committee's endorsement convention is set for February 28.
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