MAYVILLE - The Democratic Party has endorsed attorney James Spann for Chautauqua County Family Court Judge.
The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee met on Monday in Mayville for a meeting comprised of north and south county delegates, which resulted in the tallying of votes to officiate the endorsement for the new position created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
For over 29 years, Spann has been practicing law in Dunkirk, having handled thousands of matrimonial and family matter cases. Spann was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1985 and in Washington, D.C. in 1986. He has argued cases in U.S. District Court and the Western District of New York.
He has been a board member for family matters in Chautauqua County and was a guest lecturer for the PEACE Program.
Since 1987, Spann has served as Westfield town justice as well as being appointed and elected as the acting village justice.
"I have been honored to serve my community as my father has in past years," Spann said. He served as the village justice while working at our family dry cleaning business."
"I have the ability to impact the Chautauqua County Family Court in a positive way."
A lifelong resident of Chautauqua County, Spann resides in Westfield with his wife, June Miller-Spann and daughters Isabella and Zoe. Isabella graduated high school in May as salutatorian at Mount Mercy Academy. Zoe will be entering seventh grade this fall at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk. June works at as an associate director of development at SUNY Fredonia, the couple's alma mater.
"June and I understand the meaning of hard work and we value community service," Spann said. "We have instilled that ideology in our children."
Both Spann and his wife lived on Jefferson Street as children, and grew up in extended families.
"Culturally we are in a transition period where the definition of family is evolving. As this transition occurs, often families look to the court system for assistance. This has contributed to the increased use of family court," Spann said. "Years of experience, along with my dedication to children and families, qualifies me to serve as Family Court Judge. I have the ability to impact the Chautauqua County Family Court in a positive way."
"It would be an honor to use my knowledge and experience to help the children and families of Chautauqua County. I have found that every person who appears in court wants to have their story told, they want their matter handled in an efficient and timely fashion," he said. "I view this as a fairness which needs to be granted to each individual who appears before the bench. I pledge that as Chautauqua County Family Court Judge, I would be dedicated to professionalism, equality and compassion. I want to help the people who reside in our communities."
Last week, local attorneys Sally A. Jaroszynski and Michael J. Sullivan also announced their candidacy for the newly created judge position which will carry a 10-year term.
The primary election for Chautauqua County Family Court Judge will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9.