(WBNG) – Republican candidate Joe McBride has a sizable lead for the State Supreme Court District 6.
As of 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with 77% of precincts reporting McBride had 55% of the vote. His opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Burns, received 45% of the vote.
McBride has worked in the criminal justice system for 35 years and is currently the Chenango County District Attorney.
Burns currently serves at Cortland City Court Judge.
McBride released a statement thanking his supporters early Wednesday morning.
“I’m honored to have earned the trust of the voters of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins Counties. You have my promise that I won’t let you down as your new State Supreme Court Judge. I will work hard every day to ensure that justice is delivered fairly and impartially.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of those who helped on this year’s campaign. I am truly humbled and grateful for your support.”
The sixth judicial district serves nearly 750,000 residents in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. The position for justice opened following the retirement of Judge Kevin Dowd.