Four seek Saratoga Springs judge nod

A city Democrat and threeRepublicans are tossing their hats in the ring seeking party nods to run for a city judge seat to be vacated by longtime City Judge Douglas C. Mills at year's end.

Mills announced earlier this month that he will not seek re-election.

So far, city Republicans have three vying for nominations while only one Democrat has expressed an interest in running for the post.

Among the Republicans are Matt Dorsey, a lawyer; part-time city judge James E. Doern; and Kimberly Galvin, an attorney for the state Board of Elections, said Saratoga Springs Republican Committee Chair John Herrick. Democrats are looking to James A. Montagnino, a referee in the state's Third Judicial District.

So far, among Republicans, only Dorsey has gone public with his bid for the seat. He made his announcement in the lobby of the City Center on Broadway, Tuesday, Jan. 9.

I feel like I have the experience, dedication and commitment to do the job well, said Dorsey after his announcement.

Dorsey practices law in a private firm with his father. He has practiced for 10 years in both criminal and civil matters. His grandfather, Frank Dorsey Sr., remains the longest serving city judge, having served 28 years at the bench until his death in 1963. Dorsey is not new to the city courts, since he served as assistant city attorney from 1997 to 1999 and was city attorney for a year in 2004.

The Saratoga Springs court is dynamic and busy, he said. The right person is needed for the job. Republican committee members agree.

"The qualifications are important. (We want) someone familiar with the court. It's a busy court and it's up to a point where the state is considering a second judge for the court," said Herrick.

The court system currently employs one full-time, 10-year term judge, while a second, part-time, six-year term, judge fills in. That appointed part-time job could be made a second full-time elected term to deal with the increased case loads, said Herrick.

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