ELIZABETHTOWN - The race for Essex County District Attorney got a little more interesting last night when the county Democratic Committee opted to endorse Republican incumbent Julie Garcia.
It took two hours of meetings for the committee to give the nod to Garcia, who lost the Republican nomination to Clinton County Assistant DA Kristy Sprague. This was the second endorsement session, and Garcia was the only candidate present, according to a report in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.
Sue Montgomery Corey, county Democratic Party Chair, says her party is happy to support Garcia, who's been on the job since taking the seat from Ronald Briggs in 2006.
"We feel that her message of good government and transparency is very important right now in Essex County," Corey said. "We're very proud of the work she's done in the DA's office and we're committed to helping her earn another term."
The Democratic committee now has to send out petitions and get roughly 1,000 signatures to place Garcia on the party's line in this fall's general election.
Garcia says she's pleased with the endorsement.
"I was very pleased to receive the endorsement of the Democrats," she said. "This race is going to be about good government and about Republicans and Democrats coming together for a common purpose, and that purpose is to bring good government to the people of Essex County.
Sprague, who withdrew her request for Democratic Party support, is expected face Garcia in a Republican primary election September 15.
Lake Placid attorney and Independent candidate Brian Barrett also sought out the Democratic endorsement. But, he later opted to withdraw his request and asked the committee to instead support Garcia.
One Democratic candidate had expressed an interest in running - John McAlevey of Jay. Committee officials reportedly said he is likely to support Garcia.