- Allegheny County Judge Jack McVay defeated Philadelphia Municipal Judge Joseph Waters Jr. yesterday for the Democratic nomination for a vacant seat on the state Superior Court.

The McVay, 56, a former pharmacist who's serving his sixth year in the county's Family Court division, beat Waters, 60, a retired Philadelphia police captain who is in his fourth year on the bench, in the only statewide race on primary day.

McVay will face Harrisburg lawyer Vic Stabile, who's unopposed for the Republican nomination, in the November general election.

The open seat formerly belonged to John Musmanno, who's now a senior judge.

Elsewhere in the state, Democrats nominated veteran City Councilman William Peduto for mayor of Pittsburgh in one of the most hotly contested races in Pennsylvania's primary.

In Scranton's mayoral race, Democrats tapped city Tax Collector Bill Courtright as their standard-bearer and Republicans picked financial consultant Garett Lewis as their nominee in the Nov. 5 general election.

In Harrisburg, Democratic voters denied Mayor Linda Thompson a second term, choosing bookstore owner Eric Papenfuse to lead the financially strapped capital.