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After careful consideration, the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Fifth Judicial District, has issued the following ratings of candidates running for judicial offices within the Eighth Judicial District, which includes the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming:

New York State Supreme Court Justice:

Phillip B. Abramowitz Qualified
Stephen W. Cass Highly Qualified
Deborah A. Chimes Qualified
Howard B. Cohen Highly Qualified
Kevin M. Dillon Highly Qualified
Eugene M. Fahey Highly Qualified
Debra L. Givens Qualified
Mark A. Montour Qualified
Molly Jo Musarra Qualified
Catherine Nugent Panepinto Qualified
E. Jeanette Ogden Qualified
Mark C. Rodgers Qualified
Jeffrey F. Voelkl Qualified
Paul B. Wojtaszek Qualified

Batavia City Court Judge:

Robert J. Balbick Highly Qualified

Erie County Court Judge:

Kenneth F. Case Qualified
James A. W. McLeod Highly Qualified

Niagara County Surrogate's Court Judge:

Sara Sheldon Sperrazza Highly Qualified

Orleans County Court Judge:

Paul Fuller Qualified