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Hart defeats Toole in Geneva city judge rematch

In what he called a bittersweet victory over his longtime friend, an assistant Ontario County district attorney has won a six-year term as Geneva City Court’s supervising judge.

In a rematch from a June primary, Bill Hart defeated Lisa Toole, 1,797 to 854, in Tuesday’s general election. Hart ran on the Democratic, Republican and Independence lines, while Toole appeared on the Conservative line.

Hart will succeed supervising Judge Tim Buckley, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. Buckley will continue to work in his private law practice.

In the primary, Hart defeated Toole, an assistant city court judge, by just two votes on the Republican line. Toole has one year remaining in her term as assistant judge.

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