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TOWNSEND IN LINE FOR 10 MORE YEARS

Incumbent Republican Erie County Family Court Judge Sharon S. Townsend was a winner in all four primary races Tuesday, virtually guaranteeing her another 10-year term.

The top two vote-getters in each primary will be on the November ballot.

Taking the second spot on the ballot in at least half of the races was Boston Town Justice Patricia A. Maxwell. Independents gave one of their endorsements to Assistant District Attorney Lisa B. Rodwin. With results incomplete, three candidates for second place in the Democratic primary were less than 500 votes apart.

With more than 90 percent of districts reporting, Townsend, endorsed by party leaders, had 40 percent of the vote, a commanding lead in the GOP primary over Maxwell, the other endorsed candidate, who had 25 percent. Rodwin received 21 percent, Joan Rogacki Warren had 14 percent.

In the Democratic race, Townsend's 25 percent put her well ahead of Maxwell at 16 percent. Maxwell led Rodwin, one of two endorsed candidates, by less than 200 votes and was only about 500 votes ahead of Richard C. Pawarski. Trailing were endorsed candidate Warren with 15 percent and Debra L. Givens, 13 percent.

Conservatives gave Townsend their blessing by a comfortable margin with 32 percent of the vote, while Maxwell took second place with 26 percent. Warren had 22 percent, Rodwin 21 percent.

Rodwin topped the Independent voting, at 26 percent; Townsend was second with 24 percent, Pawarski at 19 percent, Maxwell at 18 and Warren with 12.

e-mail: danderson@buffnews.com

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