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Dear Editor:

Last Christmas, my son came home from serving in Afghanistan. We talked about his experiences, and what it really means to serve. He inspired me to take a big step in my career and work for my community in profound way. He inspired me to run for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court is one of the most unique courts in the country. It sits directly below the Supreme Court, and exclusively handles cases related to the government. In the coming years, the Commonwealth Court will hear cases regarding school funding, taxes, environmental regulations, organized labor, gerrymandering, and more.

Many of these issues are deeply personal to me. My mother was a single mom who worked multiple minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. There were some months when she couldn’t make rent and we were evicted from our home.

I fought my way out of this underprivileged situation. I worked my way through community college and law school. As a prosecutor, I protected victims of domestic abuse. I then moved to CBS News, where I became an investigative journalist uncovering government fraud and abuse. While serving as the Director of Integrity and Accountability for the Philadelphia Police Department, I strived to protect the citizens of Philadelphia and the officers in the line of duty. I’ve spent the last 10 years as judge, working to ensure justice was properly served in every case coming before me.

People are calling this year an “off-year election,” but the judges who are elected on Nov. 7 will essentially serve for life and make decisions directly impacting every Pennsylvanian. Please, come out and vote on Nov. 7. And when you do, I would be honored to earn one of your two votes for the Commonwealth Court.

Judge Ellen Ceisler is a candidate for Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

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