Part of running for State Supreme Court justice is obtaining the backing of minor parties like the Conservative or Independence.
These endorsements are given out at judicial conventions....delegates are elected from each of the Assembly districts within the Fifth Judicial District.
It's not really an election as only activists circulate nominating petitions, often with the assistance of a candidate for judge who is seeking the "line".
A twist in the Fifth this year as Oneida County Indy Chair John Dote was named last week in a 27 count indictment alleging personal use of donations solicited in exchange for the line. Now its important to realize that what some call a crime, others call politics, so we won't pass judgment here.
But Mr. Dote in recent years was routinely the convenor of Indy judicial conventions. He cut the deals for the nice dinners delegates were treated to from the candidate getting the line. I quit going to these soires a couple years back.
It's unknown who prospective judge candidates will curry favor with now. There are no party organizations in much of the Fifth JD.
Last year the Jefferson County Indy Committee opted to disband, due to declining interest in the party. The party fell from Line C to Line E on the ballot due to it's draw in the gubernatorial race.