Saratoga County

Doern won’t force GOP primary in Saratoga judge’s race

The city's part-time judge has decided not to force a Republican primary after not getting the party
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The city’s part-time judge has decided not to force a Republican primary after not getting the party’s endorsement.

James Doern said today he won’t continue to run for the city judge position.

“The election is far more challenging without the support of the Republican committee,” he said.

Doern was supported by former mayors A.C. Riley and J. Michael O’Connell, former City Court Judge Lawrence LaBelle, former county Supervisor Philip Klein and police Chief Edward Moore. He thanked his supporters in an e-mail to the media today.

As a part-time judge, he is appointed by the city mayor for a six-year term and is in his 10th year as judge.

Doern also owns a private law practice on West Avenue with Steve Rodriguez.

Matt Dorsey, who also has a private law practice and was a city attorney, secured the GOP nod last month in a Feb. 12 meeting of the city Republican committee.

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