MEDIA, PA – Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon, a trial court judge on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, announced her candidacy to fill a vacancy on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Christine Fizzano Cannon, who was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2011, is a former township and county commissioner with extensive legal and governmental experience, as well as a record of community service.
“I am running because I recognize that the decisions of the Commonwealth Court have far-reaching impact on the lives of Pennsylvanians, their businesses and our government,” said Judge Fizzano Cannon.
“My service as a trial court judge, as well as my experience in municipal and county government in both official and legal capacities, provides a solid foundation that has uniquely prepared me to serve on the Commonwealth Court,” said Fizzano Cannon. “If elected I will use my more than 22 years of legal experience to decide matters with integrity and impartiality, while ensuring that all matters are heard with an open mind. Every individual and entity that appears before me will be treated fairly, equally and with respect.”
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. It also acts as a trial court when lawsuits are filed by or against the Commonwealth.
Judge Fizzano Cannon currently serves as head of the Civil Trial Section of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. Over the last five years, she has presided over 120 jury and non-jury trials, including those subject matters appealable to the Commonwealth Court, closed over 1,400 civil cases, decided over 800 pre-trial motions, and handled more than 739 Juvenile Court matters.
Prior to being elected judge, Fizzano Cannon served as a member of Delaware County Council from 2008 to 2012. Before serving as a county commissioner, she served two terms as a member of Middletown Township Council from 2000 to 2007. Her community involvement included service on the boards of Riddle Hospital, Tyler Arboretum, and the Delaware County Women’s Commission as well as the Middletown Township Zoning Hearing Board and two municipal authorities. As an attorney, she represented government entities, non-profits, businesses and individuals in civil matters, including areas of law appealable to the Commonwealth Court.
A graduate of the Widener University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the law review, Fizzano Cannon was elected to the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in 2011 after receiving the highest rating of “Well Qualified” by her peers in the Delaware County Bar Association and the endorsement of the Delaware County Fraternal Order of Police. With five judicial positions on the ballot that year, she won both the Republican and Democratic primaries and received the highest number of votes in the general election.
Judge Fizzano Cannon will run as a Republican for one of two open vacancies on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.