PA GOP Endorses Vic Stabile, Anne Covey

At the 2011 Winter Meeting Republican Party Members enthusiastically endorsed Cumberland County’s Vic Stabile for the Superior Court and Bucks County’s Anne Covey for Commonwealth Court. After an open roll call vote to decide whether the Party would have an endorsement, Stabile and Covey won on the first ballot for Superior and Commonwealth Courts, respectively.

Vic Stabile was a ten-year veteran of the State Party, serving as Cumberland County Party Chairman. Under his leadership the county party saw years of success electing Republicans at every level. Vic was a force in getting an executive director on the ground in Cumberland and was always ready to improve county operations

The PA GOP could always count on Vic to volunteer his time and talent when we needed him on election matters that came before the county or appellate courts as well.

Stabile is an accomplished attorney and partner in a major law firm’s Central Pennsylvania branch where a staple of his practice is working on cases that routinely land in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.

It is this type of experience that led to an outstanding statement from the Pennsylvania Bar Association that states Vic is held in, “high regard by his peers, who commend his integrity, strong work ethic and civility…his writing skills are strong and his experience handling cases before the appellate courts is solid. Based on his strong intellect, passion for the law and even temperament, the commission recommends him for a position on the Superior Court.”

Anne Covey received an unanimous endorsement from the State Party as a result of her trips to every corner of the state starting in December of 2010. She was the first 2011 candidate in many people’s living rooms, but being first is nothing new for her.

In 2002, Anne Covey was appointed by Governor Mark Schweiker to serve as the first female member of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. She has diverse experience including being the author of the Workplace Law Advisor: From Harassment and Discrimination Policies to Hiring and Firing Guidelines- What Every Manager and Employee Needs to Know.

Anne is the owner of Covey & Associates, P.C. where she practices in all areas of labor and employment law, a major area of cases for the Commonwealth Court.
Like Stabile, Covey was given a “Recommended” rating by the Pennsylvania Bar Association who commented on her, “good character, integrity and an excellent work ethic.”

Anne’s service to the Party was highlighted by her work in 2010 as a Women’s Coordinator for the Corbett-Cawley ticket in Bucks County.

She has more than 25 years of experience in the law and is ready to bring our values to the Commonwealth Court.

Both Vic and Anne started this process by attending the caucus meetings which are a critical part of the process and the PA GOP thanks Chairs Dick Stewart, Donna Reinaker, Bill Darr, Robyn Sye, Michael Meehan, Matthew Brann and Blake Marles for an excellent round and accommodating members, special guests, candidates and staff throughout the process. Their hospitality was felt by everyone who attended.

Caucus meetings wind down in mid-February and the process continues with the PA GOP Winter Meeting which has become a great celebration of PA GOP members’ desire for openness and transparency. At Chairman Gleason’s direction, the Republican Party has instituted a series of measures since 2007 to give every member a chance to meet the candidates and ultimately decide the direction of the Party for the upcoming Primary.

The PA GOP hosted a judicial candidate forum that was moderated by Kat Prickett of the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) with questions coming from member submissions in 2011 and previous years.

During the General meeting on Saturday, members were given an opportunity to participate in a roll call on the PCN to decide whether the Party would endorse candidates in this year’s Primary. The members voted to proceed with an endorsement and each member had the opportunity to stand for their desired candidate.

Especially being in the middle of an unpredictable Pennsylvania winter, we thank all of the members who traveled to Harrisburg or made sure that they had a proxy at this important meeting.

Our endorsed candidates, Vic Stabile and Anne Covey, have proven that they are Republicans with the values and convictions that we need on Pennsylvania’s statewide appellate courts.

We respect the time and effort that members have put into this process and we encourage all Republicans to support Vic Stabile and Anne Covey in the May 17th Primary Election.