Seth Peacock files nominating petitions for September primary

July 11, 2014 by Rachel Cera

Seth Peacock, appointed just last week by Mayor Svante Myrick to fill the City Court Judge vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Judith Rossiter, filed his nominating petitions this morning with the Tompkins County Board of Elections to run for re-election to the seat after the current term expires at the end of the year.

Seth Peacock filing his petition for candidacy to retain his City Court Judge position. Photo from his campaign site.Seth Peacock filing his petition for candidacy to retain his City Court Judge position. Photo from his campaign site.Judge Peacock, who was one of four candidates in the Democratic primary last year for a ten-year Tompkins County Court term eventually won by Joseph Cassidy, said this morning that the petitions he filed today reflect "610 signatures, 2,000 doors knocked, four inches of rain, one tornado, one blackout, one missed 4th of July, and thousands of words of encouragement."

The new judge, whose interim appointment runs from July 7th to December 31st, 2014, was a tractor-trailer driver for ten years before putting himself through Cornell Law School, and has practiced civil and criminal law as well as serving as a school board member for the last nine years. He was just re-elected to the ICSD school board, and serves as its vice president.

"It is truly humbling that a kid from the NYC projects who never knew his father could first become an attorney and then judge," Mr. Peacock said last week. "I have tried my best to serve the young people of our community and I hope to continue as judge by reestablishing a youth court, enhancing our drug court program, and analyzing our other alternatives to incarceration programs for their efficacy."

Mayor Myrick says, "It was Mr. Peacock's balance of legal experience, proven commitment, ties to the community, and innovative ideas to address some of the challenges faced in City Court that made him stand out." The Mayor selected Mr. Peacock after interviewing five applicants for the position.

Polls will be open from noon to 9pm on Tuesday, September 9th for state and local primary elections. Area residents must register to vote by August 15th to be eligible to vote in the primary elections, or by October 10th to be eligible to vote in the November 4th general election.

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