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McDonald, Mack receive union nods for Pendleton justice

PENDLETON – Local 182 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Niagara County blue-collar union, announced Thursday it has endorsed its former president, Edward J. McDonald, for Pendleton town justice.

William Rutland, McDonald’s successor as union president, said McDonald “has proven through the years his capability to lead and his skill to mediate many issues. He is an asset to his community.”

Meanwhile, one of McDonald’s opponents, Sheriff’s Office Lt. Kevin D. Mack, received an endorsement from United Steelworkers District 4, which represents sheriff’s deputies.

“Kevin Mack is viewed as an excellent candidate for judge by the USW as he has proven he is capable of making tough but fair decisions as a law enforcement supervisor,” USW District 4 Sub-District Director James Briggs said.

The third candidate, former Assistant District Attorney Susan B. Bjornholm, is running against McDonald and Mack in six party primaries Sept. 10.