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Trainor exits race for City Court judge

Clo and DiMezza still campaigning for position

September 22, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Matthew Trainor announced Friday he has ended his campaign for City Court judge.

In a news release, Trainor indicated the results of the Sept. 13 primary caused him to re-evaluate his campaign.

"I have met with my core campaign committee and we have decided that there simply isn't enough support to justify continuing through to November," Trainor said in the release.

Local attorney Traci DiMezza won the Republican and Conservative nominations for City Court judge in primary voting, defeating current Judge John N. Clo and Trainor.

DiMezza received 471 votes, while Clo received 360 votes and Trainor 158, according to the unofficial results that did not include about 80 absentee ballots. DiMezza also captured the Conservative Party nomination, unofficial results showed. She received 13 votes over Clo's six and Trainor's one.

However, DiMezza said Friday she believed Trainor would have performed well if he had continued.

"I respect Matt both personally and professionally," she said. "I wish him and his family the best."

Clo said he was sorry to hear Trainor dropped out of the race because he knows how much the position means to Trainor.

Both remaining candidates said Trainor's decision doesn't change their approach to the race.

"My focus is Nov. 6," DiMezza said. "I have to continue to spread my message about how important our system of justice is to our quality of life and how important it is to the residents of Gloversville."

Clo said he has always considered this a race based on knowledge and experience, and he has the experience and qualifications for the job.

"The campaign has always been easy," he said. "The job for the city judge has always fit me like a hand in a glove. My campaign has always been based on my true and honest experience and my decades of service to the city of Gloversville."

Trainor - a local attorney who spent years as an assistant district attorney and in 2010 worked as city?attorney - thanked those who supported his campaign and voted for him in the primary.

"I only ask that everyone who votes this fall carefully examine the remaining two candidates before making a choice that is in the best interests of our city," Trainor said in the release.

Despite dropping out of the race, Trainor's name will still appear on the ballot on Nov. 6.



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