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Attorney announces judgeship candidacy

FONDA — As current Montgomery County Court Judge Philip V. Cortese is set to retire at the end of the year, Amsterdam resident and attorney, Bethany Schumann-McGhee is seeking to fill the soon-to-be open position.

Schumann-McGhee announced on Monday that she intends to run for the Montgomery County Family Court Judge position.

According to a press release, she has worked with various attorneys in the capital region, and opened Bethany Schumann-McGhee, Attorney at Law firm in January 2010. Since starting her own firm, she has practices extensively in family courts in the capital region. She also is currently a part-time assistant public defender in Montgomery County Family Court, and recently served as president of the Montgomery County Bar Association for two years.

“Family Court plays a vital role for families throughout Montgomery County and the state of New York. While most hope that they never find themselves in Family Court, when they do, they deserve a judge that is experienced in family law, who is compassionate and fair, a judge who believes that all families matter,” Schumann-McGhee said. “I would be honored to serve the residents of Montgomery County as our county’s first female Family Court Judge.”

Schumann-McGhee earned her Juris Doctor From Albany Law School of Union University in 2005, and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1995.

She has been a long-time county resident, growing up in Fonda and graduating from Fonda-Fultonville High School in 1991, and now resides in Amsterdam with her family.

Schumann-McGhee and her husband, Wesley McGhee, have three children – Danielle, Victoria and Thomas McGhee who attend middle and elementary school in the Greater Amsterdam School District.

“Serving as Family Court Judge will allow me to serve the people of Montgomery County and to give back to the community that I love,” Schumann-McGhee said.

Schumann is an active community member and volunteer, serving as vice-chair of the Fulton Montgomery County Community College Board of Trustees; is on the board of directors for both the Montgomery County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Fulton. Montgomery, Schoharie Counties Private Industry Council, Inc. Prior to becoming an attorney, Schumann worked for the New York state Legislature. She also served two terms representing Amsterdam’s Third Ward on the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors now referred as the Montgomery County Legislature.

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