Westmoreland County 2019 Election Guide


On November 5th, two seats on the Board of Commissioners and a number of judicial posts will be on ballots across Westmoreland County.

Winning those races could transform the region for years to come! Democrats must retain control of the county commission to continue the economic growth we’ve been leading, and Democratic judges are sorely needed to make our courts work for the people.

Every election matters, and we’re urging the Democrats of Westmoreland not only to vote, but to support our Democratic candidates every day until Election Day. Here’s who you’ll see on the ballot in countywide races this November and how to help them win.

Who’s on the Ballot

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Thousands rely on Pennsylvania courts for a fair shot in the era of mass incarceration, anti-union litigation, and GOP gerrymandering. We must ensure the Superior Court—our state’s second highest circuit—consists of judges who work for the people!

Amanda Green-Hawkins

Amanda Green-Hawkins grew up in a working-class union family. When she began her law career, she had the option to take a job at a high-powered law firm, but she chose to fight for workers instead.

For nearly twenty years, Amanda has defended workers’ rights in court as counsel for United Steelworkers. Now, she wants to fight for women and workers from the other side of the bench.

Dan McCaffery

Judge Dan McCaffery grew up in working-class Philadelphia and has spent all his adult life serving the people.

Currently, Judge McCaffery serves on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in one of the country’s busiest trial divisions. His record is one of sterling integrity and fairness, and he’s the only candidate, in any party, Highly Recommended by the PA Bar Association.


For Retention: Judge Anne Lazarus

A third Superior Court candidate, Judge Anne Lazarus, is eligible for retention on the circuit this November. Democrats should vote “Yes” on Judge Lazarus’ retention vote.


County Commissioner

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners is responsible for the operation of county government. Democrats currently control the board and must win the 2019 races to maintain that control!

Gina Cerilli

Gina works for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County as a public relations specialist and recently graduated from Duquesne University Law School.

She has been involved with numerous charitable organizations. Gina plans to continue the fight for those in need as Westmoreland County Commissioner.

Ted Kopas

Ted Kopas has served as Westmoreland County Commissioner for nine years. He hopes to continue caring for the young, the aged, the disabled and those who cannot help themselves.

Commissioner Kopas’ goal is to make sure that county government is open and efficient. He has worked to improve Westmoreland communities and business infrastructures to create job opportunities and enhance the local economy.

Court of Common Pleas

The Court of Common Pleas has the authority to hear all kinds of cases in its area. Judicial terms run for ten years, which makes this election critical. Years can go by without a vacancy on the court. 

Michael Stewart

Mike has protected his client’s rights in hundreds of family cases in Westmoreland and surrounding counties. Outside of work, he has become deeply involved in the civic, business, and community efforts in Westmoreland County.

Mike is running for judge because he wants to help people in difficult family situations and continue to make Westmoreland a better place by upholding the laws of the state and federal constitutions.

Jessica Rafferty

Rafferty practices in the Greensburg law firm of Quatrini Rafferty and has been elected to the Westmoreland Academy of Trial Lawyers. 

Outside of the courtroom, Jessica serves as the VP of the Board of Animal Friends of Westmoreland and also volunteers there. She prioritizes giving everyone an equal opportunity to be heard. 


Making a Plan to Vote

Election Day 2019 is Tuesday, November 5th, and polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Make note of these key deadlines so your voice can be heard.

Voter Registration
October 7, 2019

Absentee Ballot Request
October 29, 2019

Absentee Ballot Submittal
November 1, 2019 | 5:00 PM


For any other voting questions or support, please visit the PA Dems Voting Center!

How to Help Dems Win

The PA Democratic Party and the Westmoreland County Democratic Committee are organizing voters across the region in support of Westmoreland Democratic candidates. Your support is invaluable to that mission.

Volunteers are needed to knock doors, make phone calls, and help register voters! We also welcome donations to power our volunteer-led field campaign.