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Ontario County Republican Leaders preside over State Supreme Court candidate selection

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Two Ontario County Republican Committee leaders presided at the recent Republican 7th Judicial District Convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

Trisha Turner, Ontario Republican Committee Chair, was elected the Permanent President of the convention and Bonnie Ross, Ontario Republican Committee Secretary, was elected Permanent Secretary as delegates from eight counties selected Judge Jim Vazanna of Monroe County and Judge Jason Cook of Yates County as the Republican candidates for State Supreme Court Justice in the 7th Judicial District.

Trisha Turner, Ontario County Republican Chairwoman, recently served as President of the Republican 7th Judicial District Convention. Judges Jason Cook (left) of Yates County and Jim Vazanna of Monroe County were nominated for State Supreme Court Justice in the 7th Judicial District at the convention.

State Supreme Court candidates in New York State are selected at judicial district conventions around the state. The 7th District includes Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties.

“I’m honored to have earned a place on the ballot in this year’s election for State Supreme Court Justice so I can to bring my decades of hands-on experience in our region’s courtrooms to work for the people of the 7th Judicial District,” said Judge Cook.

Serving as Yates County Judge since 2017, Judge Cook presides over all felony criminal cases in County Court, Family Court, Surrogate Court and Drug Treatment Court, as well as serving as the Pistol Permit Licensing Officer. In 2019, he was appointed as an Acting Justice of the State Supreme Court, where he presides over civil matters including matrimonial cases, guardianship applications, land and contract disputes and personal injury cases. More recently, Judge Cook was recognized for his leadership and knowledge by being appointed in 2021 as the Supervising Judge for Town and Village Courts in Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben and Yates Counties.

Judge Vazanna has been a Monroe County Family Court Judge for seven years and an Acting State Supreme Court Justice for four years.

 “I am honored and grateful for the endorsement of both the Republican and Conservative parties,” Judge Vazzana said. “My experience as a Judge who has heard thousands of cases in the widest range of courts gives me perspective on the multitude of matters that affect people each and every day. You deserve to be heard and respected and I will always be fair. I strive to be a Judge the voters will be proud they voted for.”

Both Judges Cook and Vazanna also will appear on the Conservative Party ballot lines.

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.