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

New York State Supreme Court Justice:

Emilio L. Colaiacovo Qualified

Buffalo City Court Judge:

JaHarr S. Pridgen Qualified

Erie County Court Judge:

Sheila A. DiTullio Highly Qualified

Erie County Family Court Judge:

Michele A. Brown Highly Qualified
Brenda M. Freedman Qualified
Joseph T. Jarzembek Qualified

Niagara Falls City Court Judge:

Danielle M. Restaino Qualified
Michael A. Violante Highly Qualified
                    For more information, please visit the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Dept.'s website at:, and follow the links to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions.