PITTSBURGH, PA – Judge Christine Fizzano Canon, a statewide candidate for Commonwealth Court, announced today that she has earned the endorsements of western Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police lodges – Fort Pitt Lodge # 1 and Allegheny Valley Lodge #39.
Fort Pitt Lodge #1, which represents police officers in the City of Pittsburgh, was the first FOP lodge created to represent the interests of police officers in 1915. The Allegheny Valley Lodge represents police officers in Westmoreland and Armstrong Counties, as well as parts of Allegheny County.
“As the granddaughter of a former policer officer and police chief, I know first-hand the sacrifices that members of our law enforcement and their families make on a daily basis to keep our communities safe,” said Fizzano Cannon. “I have enormous respect for their commitment to public safety and their willingness to put their life on the line each and every time they leave their home. It means a great deal to me to have the support of these local FOP lodges and their hundreds of law enforcement members.”
Fizzano Cannon, who currently serves as a Common Pleas Court Judge, is running statewide as a Republican to fill one of two vacancies on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Her experience and qualifications have earned her a number of endorsements, including the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association, the statewide Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, and the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council.
Fizzano Cannon is the only candidate for Commonwealth Court to receive the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Commission’s top rating of “Highly Recommended.” That rating recognized her exceptional background, knowledge, and experience and indicated the Commission’s belief that Fizzano Cannon is “capable of outstanding performance” on the Commonwealth Court.
The Commonwealth Court is one of Pennsylvania’s two statewide intermediate appellate courts, the other being the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The Commonwealth Court, which is made up of nine judges, is primarily responsible for matters involving state and local governments, non-profit corporations and regulatory agencies.
About Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon
Judge Fizzano Cannon currently serves as a Court of Common Pleas judge where she handles subject matters appealable to the Commonwealth Court. She currently heads the civil trial section and previously served in the juvenile and motion hearing sections of the trial court. She has more than 22 years of legal experience and previously worked in private practice, as a municipal solicitor, and a special prosecutor. Fizzano Cannon also has a history of promoting ethics in the legal and judicial profession. She previously served on a Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee, which addressed complaints of attorney misconduct, and the Judicial Conduct Board, which prosecutes judges for illegal and unethical conduct. She has also been active in numerous community organizations, serving on the board of her county women’s commission, a local hospital and arboretum, and other non-profits.
Judge Fizzano Cannon is an honors graduate of the Widener University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the law review.