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Saratoga County GOP offers endorsements for fall races

Saratoga County GOP offers endorsements for fall races

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III was endorsed for County Court judge Saturday b

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III was endorsed for County Court judge Saturday by the Saratoga County Republican Committee.

Murphy, who so far has no opponents in the race, was one of several endorsements the committee made in anticipation of this fall’s elections.

Murphy, who has been district attorney since 1997, is seeking to replace County Court Judge Jerry Scarano, who is retiring at the end of the year after reaching the mandatory judicial retirement age of 70.

Murphy, 52, of Saratoga Springs, announced his candidacy in February.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be elected, I will work hard every day, as a dedicated public servant, to make sure that justice is served for all parties who come before me. A person’s individual liberty is a basic constitutional right and one that I will safeguard with care and vigor,” Murphy said in a news release.

County Democrats have not put up a candidate for judge.

The committee also made its endorsements for local state legislative offices up for election this fall. The GOP is the county’s dominant party and all the county’s state legislators are Republicans.

The group endorsed state Sen. Hugh Farley of Schenectady for re-election in the 49th Senate District seat and Sen. Kathleen Marchione of Halfmoon for re-election in the 43rd Senate District.

At the Assembly level, Jim Tedisco of Glenville was endorsed for re-election in the 112th Assembly District. Under the 2012 redistricting, Tedisco now represents most of the county, including Clifton Park and Halfmoon.

Assemblyman Dan Stec of Queensbury, who represents the northern part of the county, was endorsed for re-election in the 114th Assembly District.

For the opening in the Assembly created in January after Tony Jordan was elected Washington County district attorney last fall, the committee endorsed Steve Stallmer of Saratoga Springs, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to call a special election to fill that seat — and if he doesn’t, an election won’t be held until November. County Republicans have called on Cuomo to schedule a special election, but the governor has not indicated any plans to schedule one.

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