By MICHAEL ANICH
GLOVERSVILLE - Local attorney Traci DiMezza won both the Republican and Conservative nominations for City Court judge Thursday in primary voting, defeating current Judge John N. Clo and attorney Matthew E. Trainor.
According to unofficial Republican primary results from the Fulton County Board of Elections, DiMezza received 471 votes, while Clo received 360 votes and Trainor 158. Election officials said Thursday night there were still 80 absentee ballots to be counted in the city, but they are not enough to tip the balance of Clo overtaking DiMezza's count.
DiMezza also captured the Conservative Party nomination, unofficial results showed. She received 13 votes over Clo's six and Trainor's one.
DiMezza's signs have been prominent in the city throughout the campaign. She was upbeat today after capturing both parties' nominations, something she said her campaign "worked on" for the past 18 months.
"I'm very happy," DiMezza said. "We're thrilled, and the committee, in general, is very happy. This is an amazing accomplishment."
She credited her family and campaign volunteers as the keys to victory, but noted the campaign is now "back to square one."
All three candidates will face each other again in the general election Nov. 6, as all three are on independent party lines.
The city judgeship pays $127,400 annually, according to the state Office of Court Administration.
Clo was appointed in mid-December by Mayor Dayton King to fill out the term of retiring Judge Vincent DeSantis, but this is the first outright election for the position.
Primary voting Thursday in the city was light.
Elections officials said there are 3,141 registered Republicans and 81 registered Conservatives in Gloversville. About one-third of the city's GOP voters and one-quarter of Conservative voters cast a ballot Thursday.
Trainor was the only one of the three candidates who was present at the Board of Elections office on Route 29 after polls closed Thursday night.
As it was apparent he came in third, he said he still has a chance in November. He said the primary was merely akin to a "poll" of the race at this point.
"This is a very small portion of the population," Trainor said. "The vast majority didn't vote."
The Nov. 6 general election most likely will include more of the city's registered Republicans, and all the city's registered Democrats will be incorporated in final results as well.
DiMezza has practiced law for 17 years after receiving a law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Conn., in 1995. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Siena College, Loudonville, and received an associate degree from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
She has had a general practice that comprises criminal law, real property law, contract law, civil litigation, civil appeals, small claims, landlord-tenant, traffic cases, wills, trusts and estates, according to her campaign literature.
DiMezza said she has worked in advanced criminal law as an appellate attorney with the Schenectady County Public Defender's Office and has been a Fulton County law guardian for children and youths in custody, abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency and Persons in Need of Supervision proceedings.
Broadalbin assessor race
In Fulton County's only other Primary Day activity Thursday, two town of Broadalbin candidates split two primaries for an assessor vacancy.
Dennis Horton beat Lolalynn Steele in a Republican primary - 118 to 45. But they will still face off in November, as Steele won the Conservative primary four votes to three.