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My name is Richard Thomas Ernsberger and I am an attorney with the law firm of Behrend & Ernsberger, P.C., and I am running for Judge on the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. I received a RECOMMENDED rating from the Allegheny County Bar Association. 

It is my firm belief that our court system needs to be there for everyone. Every individual who comes before the courts should have equal access to our justice system without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or any other such characteristic. Having advocated for so many individuals and small businesses that sought protection and enforcement of their rights through the judicial process, I understand the critical importance of each case to someone’s life.

Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to stand before a judge who is impartial and fair. I promise to serve the community with humility, fairness, and impartiality, and to fight for a court system that is equitable and accessible to everyone in our local community.

I humbly ask for your vote on May 18.  (And my name is easy to find on the ballot for Court of Common Pleas because it is the longest one!)

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Monday, May 3, 2021 10:10 AM

Online Meet & Greet May 5, 2021

Save the Date

Save the Date Online- Meet & Greet

When: May 5, 2021

Time 6 until 7 PM

Please email me at for a link to attend

Friday, April 16, 2021 10:49 AM

Meet & Greet with the Candidate- May 2, 2021

Meet & Greet
with Richard Thomas Ernsberger

Sunday May 2, 2021
from 12-3 pm
Sycamore Grove at Highland Park
Lake Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa 15206

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 11:34 AM

Meet & Greet with the Candidate- April 18, 2021

Meet & Greet with Judicial Candidate Richard Ernsberger

April 18, 2021

2413 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights, Pa 15065

12-3 pm

Friday, April 2, 2021 1:37 PM

Mail-In Ballots

Deadlines for the May 18 Municipal Primary Election

  • May 11, 2021 at 5 pm - APPLICATIONS for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board
  • May 18, 2021 at 8 pm – VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by your county election office - postmarks are not enough


There are three options to receive a mail-in ballot:

1. Option 1: Apply for a Mail-in or Absentee Ballot Online:

2. Option 2: Apply for a Mail-in or Absentee Ballot by mail: Download and complete a paper mail-in or absentee ballot application and place in the mail

3. Option 3: Apply at your county election board on the  sixth floor of the County Office Building at 542 Forbes Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021 4:22 PM

Thank you for signing Richard's Petition and here is an update on my Ballot position.

Petitions and Ballot

Thank you to everyone that circulated and signed Richard Ernsberger's Petition to run for Judge. Richard was able to cross-file as both a Democrat and Republican. 

Richard went to Harrisburg for the Ballot Position Lottery on March 17, 2021 with the Department of Elections. Richard drew 31st on the ballot position as a Democrat and 4th as a Republican. 

Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:48 AM

Petition Drop Off and Signing: Thursday, March 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 at Cupka's Cafe II

Meet Richard and drop off your petitions for him or come sign his petition today from 5:30 to 7:30 at Cupka's Cafe II: 2314 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.  Thanks in advance to everyone who is circulating or has signed!

Saturday, February 27, 2021 8:15 AM

Rated Recommended to hold Judicial Office by the Allegheny County Bar Association

The Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association has rated Richard Thomas Ernsberger as Recommended to hold judicial office. The rating means that the Committee found that Richard possesses a reputation for the utmost integrity and the legal ability, experience, and temperament to excel as a judge of the court of Common Pleas.

The Allegheny County Bar Association's Judiciary Committee is a group of 24 lawyers independently elected by the 6,500 members of the ACBA. The Judiciary Committee is charged by the ACBA with evaluating all candidates for local, appellate, and federal courts who reside in Allegheny County.

The Judiciary Committee examines candidates strictly on their merit, without reference to political affiliation or activity. And also adheres to a strict policy of confidentiality; only the final decision reflecting a candidate's rating is released.  (Note:  Recommended Definition and description of the Judiciary Committee and its Judicial Ratings are sourced from the ACBA website)

Monday, February 22, 2021 4:22 PM

Petition Drop Off: Thursday, 2/25 from 5:30 to 6:30 @ City Works PGH

Thank you to everyone that has been circulating Richard's Petitions.  This Thursday 2/25, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM you can meet Richard at City Works in Market Square to drop off your petitions.  Please remember to fill out and sign the STATEMENT OF CIRCULATOR box on the back of each petition.  If you need additional petitions, please let us know and we will get them to you or you can download them from our website.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 1:53 PM

Petition Time: Download or Request Richard's Petition

It is a snowy wintry day in Pittsburgh, but we are working hard to get on the ballot.  And need your help and support.  If you can sign Richard's petition and/or can gather signatures for us Richard would greatly appreciate it. 

1.  If you would like us to mail you a petition please email with your mailing information or you can fill out our contact form.


2.  You can download and print Richard's petition.  Please remember that it must be printed Double-sided and with both pages facing in the same direction.  You can pass both a Republican and Democratic Petition for Richard. Just make sure only registered Democrats from Allegheny County sign the Democrat Petition, and only registered Republicans from Allegheny County sign the Republican Petition.

Democratic Petition:  RTEDemocratic_Petition.pdf

Republican Petition: RTE_Republican_Petition.pdf

Monday, February 15, 2021 2:26 PM

YDAC Talent Show 2/15 @ 7PM

Come see Richard at the YDAC Candidate Talent Show tonight, 2/15 @ 7PM   Please use the attached link for tickets to the YDAC Talent Show.

Monday, February 15, 2021 2:02 PM

Petitions have been mailed, signing starts 2/16

Petitions have been sent out and the first day you can sign the petition is February 16.   We would like to thank everyone that agreed to sign Richard's petition and helping to get him on the ballot to run for judge in Allegheny County. If you have any questions about filing out the petition, getting a petition, or returning it, please send a direct message to


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:19 AM

Richard Thomas Ernsberger Petition Drive Starts February 16th

The key first step in running for judge is to get on the ballot.  To do so, I am cross-filing with both the Democratic and Republican parties.  I need to obtain at minimum 500 signatures of voters registered as Democrats in Allegheny County, and 500 signatures of voters registered as Republicans in Allegheny County.  Please contact me on the "Contact" tab of this site if you'd like to sign my petition and/or join our petition squad to help collect signatures!

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