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John Padova is a sitting Judge, a mentor, a coach, a husband and a proud lifetime Philadelphian. He’s highly recommended by the Philadelphia Bar Association.


Judge Padova is running for Judge of Common Pleas Court because he has a proven track record for delivering fair, compassionate justice for every person who has come before him.
Philadelphians deserve Judges who are fair, experienced and will look to incarceration only for violent crimes and repeat offenders who are unsafe for the community. Judge Padova will deliver on the Court of Common Pleas. 
"The Commission of Judicial Selection and Retention has reviewed your qualifications for judicial office....and has determined that you merit a rating of “Highly Recommended.”
Judge John Padova is a lifetime resident of Philadelphia and was appointed by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf to the Court of Common Pleas in 2019. Before his appointment, he worked for more than 30 years as a trial attorney, representing thousands of individuals, families, workers, and the underprivileged to defend their rights in a court of law.
John is the oldest of six children born to the Honorable John R. Padova, Sr., a Judge of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Ann M. Padova, a retired nurse. John is married to Lua Thi Kim, a licensed esthetician who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1987.   

From an early age, John's parents instilled a strong sense of responsibility, and he believes growing up in a large family helped to prepare him for a future in the courtroom. John, who is equally inspired by his father’s legal and judicial career and his mother’s capacity to care for others while raising a family of six, sees his upbringing as a natural precursor to running for judicial office

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