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Williamsville Justice Sharon S. Townsend has announced her candidacy for re-election in the March 19 village

Mrs. Townsend, who waged an unsuccessful campaign for Family Court judgeship in the November election after winning the GOP primary, was appointed village justice in early 1985 after Edward A. Rath Jr. was elected to State
Supreme Court.

In March 1985, she was elected to complete Rath's unexpired term, then was elected to a four-year term in 1987.

Mrs. Townsend said she helped Amherst police develop a domestic-violence program and, for the past three years, has instructed other town and village justices as a member of the Town and Village Justice Training Curriculum Committee and Faculty, state Office of Court Administration.

"I have genuinely enjoyed serving my community and . . . hope my record and experience will earn me the trust and support of the people," Mrs. Townsend said.

She is an attorney with the Buffalo firm of Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods & Goodyear.

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