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Voters should elect a justice who understands the needs of the area

I urge you to vote for Julie Garcia for State Supreme Court Justice, to fill one of the four Supreme Court vacancies. Julie is a North Country native, born and raised in Essex County, and is the only candidate who lives and works in the North Country. The voters in this district should elect a Supreme Court Justice who understands the needs and struggles that are unique to rural areas.

Julie Garcia was the first woman ever elected as Essex County District Attorney and has practiced in state and federal courts for the last 20 years. She has been both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, a representative of parties to civil proceedings, and an attorney for children. Julie has the kind of grit and tenacity borne from an upbringing where nothing was handed to her freely, but was earned through hard work and perseverance.

When she was just starting her career as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, her mother and sister both tragically perished months apart, their deaths a result of their struggles with addiction. Julie’s sister left behind her children, and Julie moved back up to the North Country to raise her nieces amidst the support of their surviving family members. While Julie generally does not advertise this turn of events in her life, it may indeed be the strongest testament to who she is and what she stands for.

Please consider voting for Julie Garcia for Supreme Court Justice.

CLAUDIA K. BRAYER

Glens Falls, Warren County