Lancaster DA concedes in close race for Superior Court seat

Says he can't justify cost of recount

LANCASTER, Pa. - Lancaster County's district attorney has conceded last week's close race for the fourth and final open seat on the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Craig Stedman said Wednesday he won't pursue a recount.

"Even though this race is extremely close, and many have encouraged me to allow the mandatory recount, I simply cannot justify costing the taxpayers $500,000+," Stedman said in an email to his supporters.

That means Allegheny County District Judge Mary Murray will join the court that hears civil and criminal appeals.

Murray said she's happy to have won and looks forward to serving.

Unofficial returns show her with about 915,000 votes, some 4,000 more than Stedman.

Stedman was rated highly recommended by the state bar association, but Murray didn't participate in its evaluations.

Murray said that's because the lawyers' group has consistently issued low ratings to district judges. She also said she made "a political decision" to avoid debates and forums.

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