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Hon. Charles C. Merrell
Candidate for the
Supreme Court
Fifth Judicial District
(Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego)

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • I want to serve my community as a Supreme Court Justice because I am ready for the challenge. I have prepared for this challenge by working long hours in private practice, by serving as a Town Justice and for the last eight years by serving as the Lewis County Judge, Family Court Judge, Surrogate, and for the last four years as Acting Supreme Court Justice. A Supreme Court Justice is empowered with greater authority for a longer period of time (14 years) than any other elected official. Every voter should consider the qualifications of the nine candidates. The Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission is a non-partisan, blue ribbon panel of retired judges and experienced attorneys who knows the legal system inside and out. The Commission rated me as the only candidate “Highly Qualified” to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Any voter would be wise to follow the Commission's advice. Every voter should support the candidate, regardless of party affiliation, who is proven experienced, competent, and endorsed by people who work in the Courts. I am proud to say that I am the only candidate who meets these qualifications.
IJEQC rating
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  • Highly Qualified (Available in 4th Department Only)
Party Membership
  • Democrat
Party Line
  • Conservative
  • Democrat
Campaign Web Site  
  • St. Lawrence University, BA, 1981
  • Syracuse University College of Law, JD, 1984
Admitted to Bar
  • Massachusetts 1985
  • New York 1990
  • Lewis County Judge and Surrogate, Family Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice employed by New York State Unified Court System
Professional Experience
  • Town of Lowville Justice 4/1998 - 12/2002
  • Acting Village of Lowville Justice 8/1999 - 12/2002
  • Private Law Firm Partner Merrell and Merrell, Lowville, NY 9/1989 - 12/2002
  • Law Firm Associate Carragher, Fox & Lampert, Chelmsford, MA 6/1985 - 9/1989

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