Judicial Race Expected to Highlight 2019 Local Election
Now that the general election is behind us, the focus switches to 2019.
The key race locally will be for Erie County Judge.
Two positions will be open.
And at least two candidates who ran before will try again.
Assistant District Attorney Erin Connelly today confirming she will definitely run again.
Longtime local attorney Ed Smith also told us he will be a candidate.
The two slots are open because of the death of Judge Bob Sambroak and the upcoming retirement of Judge John Garhart.
Several other candidates are expected to enter the race as well, perhaps topping the 8 candidates who ran for two positions in 2015.
Craig Murphey, Past President of the Erie County Bar Association said, "It is really a position that I think comes with significant prestige and significant responsibility as well. But there are a number of lawyers who practice and their ultimate goal is to be a judge."
Former Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott and lawyer Pete Sala both told us they are seriously considering running for judge next year.
People are also mentioning lawyer David Ridge as a candidate, but he is not commenting.