Meet and Greet w/ 5(!) Judge Candidates – Allegheny County – YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

Elect judges who will restore trust, justice and equity for ALL in Allegheny County

Join us for a virtual meet and greet fundraiser with FIVE Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas candidates on Wednesday April 21 at 5:30pm.

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All of the featured candidates for Common Pleas are running on their commitments to:

  • Apply the law equitably and address systemic challenges
  • End reliance on cash bail
  • Focus on treatment and community based alternatives to incarceration
  • Prioritize family stability
  • Protect the rights of both victims and the accused

Agenda for the evening:

  • Welcome and introduction from each candidate
  • Candidate Breakout Rooms – each candidate will host a breakout room where YOU can ask direct questions and get to know the candidates (you will have the opportunity to rotate into other candidate rooms)
  • Closing Remarks – let’s make a plan to vote and spread the word!


Meet the candidates!

Judge Mik Pappas is already working for the people of the East End as a magisterial district judge. He brings deep empathy to the bench based on his experience growing up with an incarcerated parent with substance abuse issues and as a survivor of domestic violence. A leader in judicial reform, Mik has been keeping families in their homes by reducing eviction rates by nearly 40%, virtually eliminating reliance on cash bail, promoting safe and humane alternatives to incarceration for people suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders, and helping to break the cycle of poverty by accepting community service as payment for court fees.

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Nicola Henry-Taylor was born in a working-class community in South London, England and raised by her single Jamaican mother. Nicola became Assistant District Attorney for Allegheny County in 2001, where she ran the county’s Mental Health Court. This same year, she became a naturalized American citizen. In 2007 Nicola left the DA’s office and joined the firm of K & L Gates for three years before starting her own private practice in 2010. Her firm focuses on all areas of family law and criminal law.

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Lisa Middleman is one of Allegheny County’s most qualified and respected criminal defense attorneys. For the last thirty years, Lisa has been assigned the most difficult and complex homicide and death penalty cases in the Public Defender’s Office. She is also one of the original union organizers of the Public Defender’s Office (organized under the United Steelworkers), which fights to make sure everyone has access to a robust defense. In 2019, Lisa ran for District Attorney and spoke at hundreds of events to engage communities in discussions of fairness, equity, and justice.

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Zeke Rediker is a native Pittsburgher who grew up in Squirrel Hill. He is a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Public Schools: East Hills Elementary, Frick Middle, and Taylor Allderdice High School. Zeke started his legal career at the Washington D.C. office of Reed Smith, then served as a federal law clerk at the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Detroit. After his wife, Greer Donley, got a job as a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Zeke moved home and has since returned to Reed Smith.

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Chelsa Wagner currently serves as Allegheny County Controller. She has previously served for three terms in the Pennsylvania State Legislator (member of the House Judiciary Committee). Her career has included work as an attorney in private practice including litigation, employment law, immigration and business transactions and as a business analyst specializing in government reform and consulting to large state and municipal governments. Chelsa, her husband Khari Mosley, and their two sons reside in North Point Breeze.

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