HARRISBURG, (October 5, 2015) – The National Federation of
Independent Business, the nation’s leading small-business association, today
announced two endorsements in the upcoming statewide judicial elections.
“Small businesses are the driving force behind
Pennsylvania’s economy — producing high-quality products, services, and jobs,”
said Kevin Shivers, executive state director of NFIB Pennsylvania. “NFIB members believe it is vital to
support judicial candidates who will interpret our laws even-handedly and give
small-business owners a fair hearing.”
NFIB endorsed Judge
Emil Giordano for the Superior Court election.
Judge Giordano currently serves as a judge on the Northampton County
Court of Common Pleas. The Superior
Court is one of two intermediate appellate courts in Pennsylvania and hears
cases involving criminal law and civil litigation originating out of the County
Courts of Common Pleas.
comes from a small-business family having worked in his family’s pizza parlor
as a young adult. He has seen first-hand
the struggles of small-business owners, and we are confident he will be fair on
issues that impact them which come before the Superior Court.”
NFIB also endorsed
Paul Lalley, an attorney from Allegheny County, for the Commonwealth Court
election. The Commonwealth Court, the
state’s other intermediate appellate court, decides matters relating to
banking, insurance and utility regulation and laws affecting taxation, land
use, elections, labor practices, unemployment compensation and workers
“Paul Lalley is a
skilled attorney who has already established an impressive career practicing
labor and employment law. We are
confident that he has the expertise and temperament to fairly decide cases that
come before the Commonwealth Court.”, said Shivers.
NFIB has 15,000 small business members in Pennsylvania representing
a cross-section of the state’s economy. The endorsements come from NFIB
Pennsylvania’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s
political action committee, and are based on the candidates’ positions
mall-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and
are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to
go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the
small-business vote for the candidates in November.