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Dems back Miller for Malone Family Court judge

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MALONE –– The Franklin County Democratic Committee has endorsed Jonathan J. Miller for Family Court judge.

The Democratic Committee held a special meeting Thursday to discuss the 2014 fall election and to consider the Democratic candidate for the newly created judgeship.

Franklin County Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathy Fleury said that the decision to endorse Mr. Miller was unanimous.

According to a news release from the committee, the Democratic Committee is encouraging all party members to support Mr. Miller.

“We have an experienced and qualified Democratic candidate who has announced his candidacy,” Ms. Fleury stated in the release. I think that Jonathan Miller is an excellent candidate, and I believe that the Franklin County Democrats should offer their full support of his candidacy.”

Mr. Miller said in the release, “I am greatly honored by your support, and the support of my party. I have been a member of the Democratic Party for approximately 25 years and I greatly appreciate the full support of the Party.”

Another Democrat, Franklin County Public Defender Thomas G. Soucia, has announced his plans to seek the party nomination for the judgeship. Mr. Soucia’s announcement came the day after the county committee voted to back Mr. Miller.

Ms. Fleury said Mr. Soucia did not contact anyone from the Democratic Party before his announcement.

Repeated attempts to contact Mr. Soucia have been unsuccessful.

Ms. Fleury said that at this point she does not know if there will be a primary between Mr. Miller and Mr. Soucia, since nominating petitions have not yet been filed. The deadline for filing petitions for the judgeship is July 24.

District Attorney Derek Champagne is the only Republican to announce his plans to run for the position so far.

The Franklin County Family Court judgeship was one of 25 created by the state Legislature this year in response to the increase in the number of family court cases being handled across the state.

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