Neddo Apparent Winner In Watertown Judge Race

Neddo Apparent Winner In Watertown Judge Race

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Republican Anthony Neddo is the apparent winner in the race for Watertown city judge.

Neddo took 53 percent of the vote to Democratic incumbent Cathy Palermo's 47 percent.

According to unofficial results, Neddo received 2,093 votes, while Palermo got 1,865.

There are still absentee ballots to be counted next week, but it doesn't appear as if there are enough to change the result. 

"I'm happy to be where I'm at, you know, I've been on both sides of this," Neddo said. "I lost a major race a few years ago and here I am winning -- it's exciting, it's great."

One thing which was different about this judge race compared to others in the past was the type of ads about the candidates.

At least one ad contained negative point words, something that usually doesn't happen during a city judge race.

Neddo is a defense lawyer and former assistant district attorney.

Neddo will join Eugene Renzi, Watertown's other city court judge.

The race is for a 10-year term on the bench.

Palermo declined to speak Tuesday night, but said she will have a statement Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, she told 7 News she thought she ran a good campaign.

"I'm very proud of the way I ran my campaign and I'm very proud of all the work my supporters put in," she said. "I'm happy with what I did at the end of the day to try to spread the message of judicial experience."

She did not concede.

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