There are now four seats open for state Supreme Court justice in the Fifth Judicial district, which includes Jefferson County. A resignation of a judge based in Herkimer County makes the wider field possible. The race is interesting as justices who sit in Jefferson and Lewis Counties are not running, and a scramble is on to keep local people on the bench...Jefferson County's Jim McClusky is running and Lewis' Michael Young and Charles Merrill are seeking seats. Others from central NY may run, although actual candidacies are determined at judicial conventions held in September.
The conventions will determine nominees for all parties including the minor ones.
The conventions are seldom wide open affairs with the nominees likely already picked by party bosses or by the candidates themselve who usually help get the delegates selected.
Delegates usually get a free dinner at a nice Utica or Syracuse restaurant, so there is redeeming value to the process.
The opening of the fourth seat likely will bring a Herkimer area lawyer into the race.
Watertown Daily Times Fourth seat becomes available in crowded state Supreme Court race