O’burg judge candidate LaMay says past experience makes her best candidate
BY JIMMY LAWTON
North Country This Week
OGDENSBURG -- Marcia LeMay says her vast experience, ranging from public defender to assistant district attorney, makes her the best candidate for Ogdensburg City Court Judge.
LeMay, a Democrat who has been endorsed by the local police department, says she has 25 years experience as a trial attorney.LeMay says she’s been a member of the St. Lawrence County Judicial Diversion/Drug Court Team since 2008. She says Ogdensburg has a drug problem, but it also has a drug court started by Judge Silver that she feels is underused.
“There are usually only a few participants at any given time. Let's use it to intervene before the person starts committing felonies to fuel their habit,” she said.
“People with drug problems need to address their whole situation,” she said. “If you go to rehab and come out and you go right back to where you’re living around the same people you’re probably going to end up right back where you were.”
LeMay will be making her third attempt at the city court seat, but says she’s not dismayed by her past defeats.
She said she is running because she wants to share her talents with the community and she believes she has the relevant experience to do the job right.
“I have spent close to 25 years as a trial attorney. I’ve been an Assistant District Attorney, the Chief Public Defender, a Special Prosecutor, and Special Counsel to the Department of Social Services. I know the rules of evidence, trial procedure, and pretrial procedure. I have the experience and knowledge required to run a courtroom,” she said.
LeMay says she has been twice been rated Qualified by the Independent Judicial Qualification Commission and says she is the only candidate who is deemed qualified.
LeMay says public services are also important to her. Although she resides in Morristown she is active in various Ogdensburg organizations.
“ I have spent countless hours volunteering to make Ogdensburg a better place, and I’ve chosen to raise my children here. I’m a member of the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club (and Past Board Member), the Claxton Hepburn Foundation (and Past President), and the City of Ogdensburg Land Bank,” she said. “I sponsor a Kiwanis Soccer team, and contribute to the Remington Museum, the Seaway Festival, The Boys and Girls Club, Youth Sports, and various other local events and charities. I care about my community, and I want to do my part to make it a better place.”
LeMay also touts that her campaign is self-funded.
“My husband and I are financially stable. Many people in Ogdensburg are struggling. I think it’s wrong to ask people to fund my campaign for a job that pays well.”
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