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The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee has endorsed Judith Claire as its candidate for Family Court judge.

Ms. Claire and Kenneth Lasker, both Jamestown-area attorneys, went before the committee seeking its support Tuesday night.

Lasker has not decided yet whether he will wage a primary campaign. Incumbent Republican Family Court Judge Lynn Hartley is expected to announce his re-election bid within a few weeks.

The Democratic committee also elected former County Legislator Charles Porpiglia as its interim chairman. He replaces longtime leader John Dillenburg, who resigned due to new duties as clerk of the Chautauqua County Legislature.

Porpiglia will hold that post until the regular party election in September.

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