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Battle for the bench: Meet the candidates for Auburn City Court judge

Steven Buschman said he was visiting his parents at St. Joseph's Cemetery on Mother's Day when he finally made up his mind: he was going to run for Auburn City Court Judge.

A senior partner at law firm of WHMB P.C. in Auburn, Buschman said he had toyed with the idea of becoming a city court judge in the past, but with Judge Michael McKeon at the helm since 1999, it had always seemed hypothetical. Then, in May, McKeon announced his retirement, and suddenly Buschman's thought of filling that seat became much more concrete.

"It's something I had thought about in the abstract, but I had my practice here and it's doing well so I hadn't really thought it all the way through," he said.

But after a family meeting and a visit to the cemetery, Buschman said he drafted a group text to his eight brothers and sisters: "I'm in."

Meanwhile, another local attorney had announced he was in the race as well.

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