Sala gets highest rating from lawyers in three-way race for Erie County judge

The Erie County Bar Association has released its poll results for the three candidates vying for one open seat on the Erie County Court of Common Pleas in the May 16 primary. Peter Sala received the highest ranking, with a “highly recommended” rating. Eric Mikovch was rated as “recommended,” while Leigh Ann Orton received no rating due to a lack of consensus among the voting members. The poll aims to assist the public in evaluating candidates for Common Pleas Court judge.

Participation in the poll was 53%, with 213 valid ballots received out of 403 issued. Candidates were rated on competence, integrity, temperament, and experience. Sala, a sole practitioner who handles criminal and civil cases, scored the highest in each category, followed by Mikovch in second place and Orton in third. Sala, who has previously run for Erie County Common Pleas Court judge, expressed gratitude for his ranking and said it reflects his hard work over the years.

The Erie County Bar Association conducts these polls to provide insight into the qualifications of judicial candidates, as assessed by their fellow attorneys who work closely with them. In the May 16 primary, Sala is the only candidate with a “highly recommended” rating, while Mikovch is “recommended” and Orton has no rating.

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