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Ilan Zur Launches Campaign for Judge and Pledges to Do Things Differently

Pittsburgh, PA – Ilan Zur, candidate for judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, announced his decision to forego the endorsement of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee (ACDC) along with a nearly half the of other candidates running in this historic race with 8 of 45 (17%) seats on the bench up for election. Instead, his campaign is investing resources into community outreach efforts that will connect Zur directly with voters and provide support to local organizations at a time when the need has never been greater. 

“While I have respect for the ACDC and its membership, it was in the best interest of our campaign to invest the time, effort, and resources into a community outreach campaign that will reach Allegheny County voters directly,” said Zur. “We’ll be redirecting campaign funds that would have been spent seeking the ACDC endorsement back into the community to help organizations confronting issues like COVID relief, gun reform, and victim advocacy.” 

Zur for Judge is excited to announce its “Give Back” campaign, a series of mailers where instead of asking for campaign donations, it will ask community members to choose one of three local non-for-profit organizations and the campaign will make a donation on their behalf. The three organizations they’re supporting through their first Give Back campaign include: For Good PGHSquirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, and Center for Victims

“We’re doing things differently with our mailer campaign. I’m proud to be supporting these outstanding organizations while also making voters aware of my candidacy,” added Zur. 

In addition, next weekend the Zur campaign is launching “Honest & Open Discussions with Ilan Zur,” a weekly, virtual community forum to talk about topics of interest around our judiciary like ‘What is the Court of Common Pleas,’ ‘Sentencing and Bail Reform,’ and other subjects of importance to voters. Topics will be announced on the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at the beginning of each week, and the event will be held every Saturday at 7 p.m. EST on Zur4JudgeLive.Com. 

“My team and I are using our campaign to listen and learn from communities across Allegheny County, especially those most impacted by the criminal justice system,” said Zur. “I hope to serve as a bridge and use digital platforms to connect with voters about our judiciary and raise awareness about these local races, which have historically low voter turnout.” 

About Ilan Zur:

For the past 22 years, Ilan Zur has been serving the citizens of Allegheny County as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office. He began working as an assistant D.A. in 1999, shortly after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Ilan is an experienced trial attorney with an expert knowledge of the rules of evidence, criminal procedure, and the law. He has spent thousands of hours in the courtroom having tried over 400 cases before judges and juries, including 60 homicide trials. The majority of Ilan’s career has been spent as a homicide prosecutor where he fought passionately to bring murderers to justice and closure for victims’ families.

Ilan’s trial expertise, integrity, and commitment to developing the skills of young lawyers culminated in his promotion to Deputy District Attorney in 2013, when he was selected to supervise the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Division.  Zur has seen first-hand the impact of guns and senseless violence on communities. To combat this, Ilan and his unit seek justice for victims of gun violence across the county with a hard stance on illegal gun possession. When Ilan isn’t in the courtroom, or at home with his family, you’ll find him playing in the ACBA’s softball and basketball leagues, or at the JCC shooting hoops with friends.

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“What I’ve seen over the course of my career is that not everything needs to be criminalized,” he said. “I’ve seen way too much come to the courthouse that should be resolved in other means."