Ettman calls judge race ‘over’ after absentee counts giving Porsch narrow victory

According to David Ettman, the Democratic who was challenging to become Seneca County’s next Court Judge – the race is over.

“I have just been advised by the Republican Election Commissioner for Seneca County that the absentee vote has been completed,” Ettman began in a statement to local media. “The vote margin did not change during the absentee count. As I understand, Mr. Porsch wins with a 100-vote margin. While this is ‘unofficial’, I have no reason to doubt the outcome.”

Ettman was 100 votes down heading into absentee counts, a margin District Attorney Barry Porsch, the Republican candidate for County Court Judge – felt was comfortable on Election Night.

At the time, Porsch said that he would continue working, and thanked voters for their support in the race.

Ettman said he had no regrets or second thoughts. “We ran a campaign based on facts and experience. We did so with honesty and integrity,” the local attorney and Varick Town Justice added. “And we would do it again.”

“I am extremely grateful for the trust the voters of Seneca County have placed in me to be their next county court judge,” Porsch said on Tuesday. “I was honored to serve as district attorney for the past nine years and will greatly miss working with the police and my DA staff each day.”

Porsch added that he will continue to be hardworking, dedicated and nonpartisan as judge.

Below is the remainder of Ettman’s statement:

“I could not be prouder of the effort of my family and the core of friends that made up ‘Team Ettman’ in this long campaign. I cannot thank them enough for their emotional and physical support.

I am also so blessed with the support of the community. Particularly this past week, words of support and encouragement continued to come to me.

Over the past 10 months, Dorothea and I have met wonderful people, made new friends, rekindled old friendships, and found out things about our county that we never knew.

As the next chapter in the Seneca County Courts unfolds, I will remain true to what I believe in – justice and fairness for everyone – rich or poor, young or old. We must demand no less of our courts or ourselves.

Again, thank you all!”