Two women whose legal practices specialize in family law scored a clean sweep Tuesday in primary election voting for Erie County Family Court Judge.
Preliminary returns show that Democrat Mary Giallanza Carney and Republican Deanne M. Tripi won the two places available on the November ballot on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence party lines. Judicial candidates are allowed to file in all parties.
Carney and Tripi, both of them Amherst residents with offices in downtown Buffalo, already are on the Republican and Conservative Party lines in the general election.
Among Democrats, Carney held the lead with 34 percent of the vote with 92 percent of the county’s 425 election districts reporting. Tripi was second with 32 percent, followed by administrative law judge Paul V. Crapsi Jr. with 25 percent and Buffalo attorney Joseph T. Jarzembek with 10 percent. Both men are Democrats.
In the three-way Working Families contest, Tripi led with 47 percent of the vote, while Carney had 36 percent and Crapsi had 17 percent with 92 percent of the districts reporting.
Tripi also was out front in the three-way Independence Party race, capturing 38 percent of the votes with 92 percent of the districts counted. Carney had 35 percent and Crapsi had 27 percent.