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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 Fifth Judicial District, which includes the counties of Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego:

New York State Supreme Court Justice:

Thomas Buckel, Jr. Qualified
Linda M. Campbell * Qualified
Erin Gall Qualified
Patrick F. MacRae Qualified
Charles C. Merrell Highly Qualified
Gerald J. Neri Qualified
John G. Stone Qualified

Syracuse City Court

Romana A. Lavalas Qualified
Rory A. McMahon Qualified
Karen M. Uplinger Qualified

Watertown City Court

Keith B. Caughlin Highly Qualified

* Due to the fact that the candidate is a former member of the 5th JD Commission, in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest of 5th Judicial District Commission members, the candidate’s qualifications were evaluated by the 7th Judicial District Commission.