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Edward “Russ” Kenyon announces run for Ontario County Court judge

Attorney Edward “Russ” Kenyon threw his hat in the ring this week for Ontario County Court judge. Kenyon, who is East Bloomfield town justice, has worked for the past 25 years in private legal practice at Kenyon and Kenyon Law Firm in Canandaigua, in partnership with his father, Bill Kenyon.

“The people who appear in Ontario County Court may be facing the toughest challenges in their lives,” stated Kenyon. “They must have confidence that the Judge presiding over their cases will make decisions without fear, without favor, and without bias. As the only candidate with critical judicial experience, voters can look at my record and see that I am committed to serving with the highest level of integrity and honor.”

Kenyon’s announcement means a Republican primary brewing for the seat being vacated by Judge William Kocher. Kocher reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 this year, so the seat must be filled by election.

Republican Kristina “Kitty” Karle announced last month her candidacy for the judge seat. A private practice attorney and former prosecutor, Karle last fall lost her bid in the race for Ontario County district attorney. Karle recently announced receiving the endorsement of the Town of Gorham Republican Committee for the judge seat. It is not clear whether the Ontario County Republican Committee will endorse a candidate.

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