Palermo Forces Primary In Watertown City Judge Race

Palermo Forces Primary In Watertown City Judge Race

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It looks as if there will be a primary in the race for one of two Watertown city judgeships.

According to the Jefferson County Board of Elections website, incumbent Judge Catherine Palermo, has filed nominating petitions on eight lines: Conservative, Democrat, Green, Independence, Reform, Republican, Women's Equality, and Working Families.

Her challenger, Watertown attorney Anthony Neddo, has filed petitions on the Conservative, Republican and Independence lines.

That forces a primary on the three lines for which they both filed petitions.

Board of Elections officials say judges can run on normally competing lines, such as running as both a Republican and a Democrat, because judges are exempt from needing permission from political parties to run on their lines.

Although she's the incumbent, this is Palermo's first time running for the seat.

She was appointed by the city council in 2012. State lawmakers passed a law in 2013 making Palermo a full-time judge, which requires her to be elected to that position.

The primary will be held in September. The general election will be in November.

The seat Palermo and Neddo are vying for is a 10-year term. Thursday was the last day for candidates to file petitions to run in November.

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