Candidates for Superior Court in the Primary, alphabetical order:

Amanda Green-Hawkins: Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Amanda Green is a Stanton Heights resident who moved to Pittsburgh in 2002 to become assistant general counsel for the United Steelworkers Union. She was appointed to County Council for Council District 13 on March 18, 2008, and will serve until the next municipal election in 2009. Amanda is an alumnus of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Lawrence M. Lawson, A.J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County. She serves as a mentor with Strong Women Strong Girls, as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Venture Outdoors, and she is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative XIII and Leadership OnBoard VIII.  Amanda has also volunteered as a voter-protection lawyer for the Democratic Party for elections in 2004 (Kerry/Edwards) and 2006 (Rendell/Knoll). She was recognized as a Pittsburgh Progressive Woman by the Langston Hughes Poetry Society for Women’s History Month on March 29, 2008. She clerked for Judge Lawrence M. Lawson of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Monmouth County before moving to Pittsburgh to work for the USW in 2002.

Ryan James: Ryan James grew up in McKeesport, PA.  He’s a graduate of McKeesport Area High School, Allegheny College, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Shortly after graduating at the top of his class at Cooley Law, Ryan established his own law firm, James Law, LLC, out of the spare room of his home while working early-morning shifts at a home-improvement retailer. Since 2012, Ryan has grown his firm to be a reputable trial and appellate practice, which has led him throughout Western Pennsylvania and other parts of the state on behalf of his clients.  If elected, Ryan would fill a role infrequently represented on the Pennsylvania Superior Court as a criminal-defense attorney, one who has regularly argued cases before the court. Visit his website for more information.

Dan McCaffrey: As a soldier, lawyer, and judge, Dan has spent a lifetime serving others. He has had the honor of litigating in Pennsylvania courtrooms for over 28 years. He now asks for your vote to bring his experience, work ethic, and enthusiasm to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  Visit his Facebook page for more information.

Beth TarasiBeth is running for judge on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania because she has the experience, integrity and temperament to serve on this very important court. The Pennsylvania Superior Court is often the final arbiter of disputes among parties involved in civil matters, matters involving children and families and criminal matters. Except in rare instances when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court grants a petition to review a Superior Court decision, the Superior Court decision is the law of the land.

As a practicing attorney with 28 years of legal experience, Beth has taken on powerful interests to achieve justice for her clients. She has been involved in some of the highest profile and complex legal cases including Three Mile Island and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Beth has argued cases before the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association where she serves on the Rules Committee, the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and the Pennsylvania Association of Justice where she serves on the Amicus Committee and previously served on the Board of Governors. She is also AV® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated for the highest Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards.

With 28 years of experience in the courtroom, Beth will be ready to be a judge on day one.  More information can be found at:


Candidate for Auditor:

Jean Shaw:

  • March 2017, appointed as the Democratic Auditor to fill the vacancy in the position
  • Seeking re-election to a 4 year term beginning 2020
  • Member of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Auditors
  • Received Certificates of Completion for CPE credits
  • Prior to my appointment as auditor, served for 30 years as Administrator and Business Office Director
  • My financial background and 2 year appointment as auditor has given me the necessary knowledge and experience to successfully do the job adeptly for Jefferson County

Candidate for Commissioner:

Jeff Pisarcik:  I have worked as a full time Commissioner as I promised when elected.  Currently serving on the County Commissioner Association of Pennsylvania County Governance Committee and Marcellus Shale Committee, Past President of the Northwest County Commissioner Association which serves 19 counties in Pennsylvania. I am very active at the county level serving on County Library Board, Route 119 Committee, Emergency Management, Jefferson County 911, County Bridges, Jefferson County Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, Past Chairman of Clearfield/Jefferson County Heroin Task Force, and Jefferson County Tourism Committee, Jefferson County Marcellus Task Committee. Serve as Executive board Chairman and Audit Committee for North Central and very proud of the changes and progress made at North Central.

I ask for your continued support in the upcoming election, so together we can continue to move Jefferson County forward. The support from the citizens and every employee and Row Officer working for the County since elected has enabled the Commissioners to eliminate the 2.5 million dollar deficit the County faced. We need to continue to work hard to control spending and work with State and Federal Legislators on the unfunded mandates placed on the Counties. I am proud of the construction and rehabilitation of the county buildings and the upgrades to our Emergency Service Center so we can better secure the public safety and working with the Local Chamber and Development Agencies.  Read Jeff’s full statement Jeff Pisarcik Bio.

Candidates for School Board:

Kristy Baughman, DuBois: My name is Kristy Baughman. I’m a stay at home mother to two children, ages 8 and 13. I volunteer a lot of time in the community, including Juniata Elementary as a PTA Vice-President, and Gateway Humane Society in Falls Creek. I’m married, my husband Sam is an engineer. I’m a lifelong resident of the area and a DAHS graduate. I worked for the American Red Cross as an Emergency Services Director before leaving to be a stay at home parent.

I believe that our district should always make each decision in the best interests of our children. That our teachers and staff at the schools should always have a voice. The members of the school board for each region are supposed to act as the elected representatives they are, that parents who have concerns should be heard.

Considering a run?  From the Bucks County Website on Row Offices:

“Each of the county’s nine row officers is elected at large in the county for a four-year term. As specified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law, row officers include the following: Clerk of Courts, Controller, Coroner, District Attorney, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Sheriff and Treasurer. The title of row officer came about in the early years of the constitution when the departments were first listed in a row on the election ballot. Their services might be more familiar to residents than their actual office titles – Residents get passports, marriage licenses, and death certificates from these offices. Dog and hunting licenses are issued, as well as sportsman firearm registrations. Row officers prosecute cases, maintain the county’s auditing responsibility, and enforce the law in court matters.

Each must be 18 years of age and a citizen, and all except the district attorney must be residents of the county for one year prior to the election. A row officer cannot be a member of the legislative body of any municipality, a school director, a member of the board of health, a member of Congress or a federal employee. DA candidates must be residents for two years and is further required to have been admitted to practice before the supreme court of Pennsylvania at least two years prior to election.

Some of the row officers run for election in the same year as the county commissioners; the others run two years later. In case of death or resignation of a row officer, the governor may make an interim appointment until a successor can be elected, The Court of Common Pleas Board of Judges makes an interim appointment to the office of district attorney.

The row officers receive office space and budget allocations from the commissioners’ office, but primarily function independently.”

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