All three York County Common Pleas candidates advance to general election

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Attorney Suzanne Smith is photographed at Kearney Galloway Graybill, LLC in York City, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

All three candidates for the two open seats on the York County Court of Common Pleas will have have a shot in the general election.

Local attorneys Suzanne Smith and Steve Stambaugh, who cross-filed as both Democrats and Republicans in the primary election, will  have their names on the  ballot as Democrats in November.

In that race, with 100% of precincts reporting, Smith received 61.3% of the vote, and Stambaugh received 38.7% of the vote.

“The amount of voters in York County that voted for — I’m very pleased that those people voted for me, and I’m obviously pleased I’m moving forward,” Smith said.

In addition, attorney Joe Gothie, who only ran as a Republican, and Stambaugh will appear on the November ballot as Republicans.

Gothie received 37.1% of the vote in the Republican primary, and Stambaugh received 41.4% of the vote. Smith received 21.4% of the vote.

"I am extremely humbled to have secured the Republican nomination and look forward to continuing my campaign in November," Gothie said in a statement.

York attorney Joe Gothie

All three candidates have practiced law in York County for decades.

When asked about the most pressing needs in the county court system, Gothie has said that he believes newly elected judges must listen to their colleagues to truly know what issues are most pressing.

Stambaugh noted that York County's judges bear "an incredible caseload" and said the court needs skilled, effective judges.

"Rest assured that, if elected in November, I will spend the rest of my legal career serving York County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America to the best of my ability," Stambaugh said in a statement.

Smith previously said one priority is addressing mental health issues and addiction issues as they relate to court cases.

But after speaking with voters on Tuesday, she added that it also appears that many residents don't know the exact duties of a judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

“I think as a whole, we need to kind of explain more on what it is the Court of Common Pleas judges do,” Smith said.

York attorney Steve Stambaugh

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.