Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus is the first candidate to announce their intention to seek one of three vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court next year.
Lazarus, a Democrat from Philadelphia, was elected to Superior Court in 2009 and before that served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for 18 years. She also has served on the judicial conduct board for 20 years, most recently as board chairman.
Voters will be asked to select three new Supreme Court justices for 10-year terms in November 2015.
Chief Justice Ronald J. Castille must step down in January after he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. Justice Seamus McCaffery retired last month amid a pornographic e-mail scandal, and the term of Justice Correale Stevens, appointed by Gov. Corbett last year to fill the seat left by Justice Jane Orie Melvin after she was convicted of corruption, is over.
It will be up to Gov.-elect Tom Wolf to name individuals to fill the Castille and McCaffery seats until the November election.
Also on the November ballot will be the Superior Court seat held on an interim basis by Patricia H. Jenkins of Delaware County.