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Clarion County Native Nominated for PA Superior Court

Maria Battista


A native of Clarion County, Maria Battista, has been nominated and endorsed for judge of the PA Superior Court by the Pennsylvania GOP. With two vacant seats on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Maria and Judge Harry Smail Jr., have been nominated by the Pennsylvania GOP to run on the May primary ballots for the Republican Party.

Maria, filed her petitions by Tuesday, May 7, 2023, with nearly 10,000 signatures from across the state.

Maria stated that she and Judge Smail will run unopposed in the May primary, and that the real challenge will be in the November general election. Battista stated that coming from a rural county presents a difficult challenge in November when she will be running against opponents from Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties. But, she is up for the challenge and confident that she and Judge Smail will be successful.

Battista is a qualified candidate with over 15 years of legal experience in civil, criminal and administrative law. She has served as an assistant District Attorney and as an Administrative Hearing Officer.

She earned her B.S. degree from Clarion University, her M.Ed. from Westminster College, her Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University and her Ed.D from the University of Pittsburgh.

Some of her other experiences include working as an attorney for the Governor Corbett Administration. She is a former employee for the Department of Defense working with the U.S. Dept. of the Navy, and is currently working at The Judge Group, Inc. an international leader in business technology consulting, talent solutions, and learning and development.

Marie is the mother of two sons, Joey and James, and she is a life-long republican.

The Chair of Maria’s Campaign is Madame Justice Sandra Schultz Newman, retired, first woman elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. And her finance chair is Martin E. Judge, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Founder of The Judge Group, Inc.

If you would like to help Maria with her campaign in any way you can visit her website at: or her facebook page: Battista for Judge.

According to her campaign, donations can be made online at, or via check payable to Battista for Judge, and mailed to Battista for Judge, PO Box 66, Richboro, PA 18954.

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