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Oswego County Republican Committee supports open primary for Family Court Judge

MEXICO, NY – The Oswego County Republican Committee chose to not endorse in the race for Family Court Judge.

Four candidates, Thomas Benedetto, Ed Izyk, Sal Lanza and Jim Eby all spoke and asked for the committee’s endorsement.

However, the committee decided to let all go forward to an open primary on September 9.

“I believe this is a testament to all the candidates who are running for his position,” said OCRC Chairman Michael C. Backus. “This position is so sensitive for the county that I am proud that the committee chose to let the people decide who the best candidate is.”

All four above named candidates were nominated and seconded by members of the OCRC and each had an opportunity to address the committee before a vote was taken.

A candidate needed to secure 51% of the weighted vote of the more than 250-member strong OCRC in order to be endorsed.

“From the start it was clear that the committee wanted more time to fully vet these candidates and I have encouraged all of to speak with committee folks in the days ahead,” said Backus. “I believe strongly that the winner of the September 9 primary will be a solid candidate carrying the Republican banner this fall.”

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