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Yates County ADA will run for judge

Yates County Assistant District Attorney Mackenzie Stutzman is running for judge.

The Republican announced his candidacy earlier this week.

“Integrity, impartiality, and a thorough knowledge of the law are the most important attributes that a good judge must possess,” said Stutzman. “As a prosecutor and public defender, I’ve given every case the attention it deserved and carefully weighed the facts and letter of the law. If elected as your new Yates County Judge, I will bring this same high level of respect for the law to the bench every day.”

As a “three-hat” position, the Yates County Judge presides over cases in County (criminal) Court, Family Court, and Surrogate’s Court. This countywide judgeship will be on the ballot in the November 2023 election following current Yates County Judge Jason Cook’s recent ascent to State Supreme Court.

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“I’ve gained valuable experience working alongside Judge Cook and District Attorney Casella in my role prosecuting criminals at the Yates County D.A.’s Office, on top of important qualifications from my past positions,” added Stutzman. “This blend of professional experience has prepared me well for the role of Yates County Judge.”

For most of the last decade, Stutzman has served as a practicing attorney who has represented both sides of the criminal justice system. As the current Yates County First Assistant District Attorney, he is responsible for all aspects of prosecution for criminal cases across the county. He has handled countless felony cases over his career, including homicides, drug possession, other violent felonies, and more, helping to remove dangerous criminals from our streets.

Previously, Stutzman served in the Chemung County Public Defender’s Office, where he was responsible for felony matters, supervised a staff of 12, and managed the budget and overall operations. Earlier in his career, he served as a Steuben County Assistant Public Defender, Staff Attorney for Legal Assistance of Western New York, and taught our next generation of law enforcement as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Corning Community College.

Stutzman, 36, is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Penn Yan with his wife, Olivia, who works as a Regional Supervisor at Cornell Cooperative Extension. The couple is expecting their first child in early 2023.