Livingston County, NY – Last evening, the Livingston County Conservative Party held judicial screening meetings at Peppermint’s Family Restaurant (Avon, NY). The purpose of the meeting was to consider which judicial candidates would carry the party’s endorsement in this year’s election.
Jason J. McGuire, Chairman of the Livingston County Conservative Party, issued the following comments regarding the party’s designations. “We’re thrilled with the strength of this slate of candidates. The Conservative Party examined eight candidates over a three-hour period. There was much dialogue between the candidates and the members of our committee. At the end of the process, I’m pleased to report that the bench is deep, experienced and diverse with this bumper crop of candidates,” said McGuire.
In the race to fill four State Supreme Court seats in the 7th Judicial District, the party is backing Judge Craig J. Doran, Judge James J. Piampiano, attorney Judy Sinclair and Judge Bill Taylor. The 7th Judicial District covers not only Livingston, but also Cayuga, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties.
In the much-anticipated decision concerning the race for the two county judgeships, the party is staying with tested experience. The County Committee unanimously voted to endorse both current judges, Judge Dennis S. Cohen and Judge Robert B. Wiggins. “There is no question that the decades of experience these judges bring to the bench was central to the committee’s decision,” confirmed McGuire. “Judicial decisions have tremendous impact not only on those who appear before the bench, but also upon the families involved and the community at large. It would be folly for our committee to cast aside the wisdom of these judges at such a time as this,” concluded McGuire.
The party also endorsed Judge David Werth, Sr. to represent its interests in the race for North Dansville Town Justice. “We readily admit that our focus has largely been on county and state races the last few election cycles, but it is our hope that this endorsement demonstrates the beginning of a commitment to more local elections in the years to come,” the chairman indicated. “Judge Werth is a registered Conservative. As such, our party looks forward to calling Judge Werth the first registered elected Conservative in Livingston County.”