WKTV - Decision 2021 is only three weeks away. Tuesday, the Utica/Oneida County and Rome branches of the NAACP teamed up to hold a virtual meet the candidates' forum.
The candidates included Anthony Brindisi and Danielle Fogel who are running for State Supreme Court Judge, as well as Jason Flemma and Karen Stanislaus who are running for Oneida County Family Court Judge.
The panel asked the candidates questions on a number of topics ranging from diversity in the court, to how they would handle injustice in the courtroom. In the end, each candidate explained why they are best suited for the job.
Here's a look at some of what each candidate had to say.
"I represented indigent clients and victims of domestic violence, and I just feel my community involvement, and my unique experience provides me with the demeanor and temperament to be the most effective family court judge," says Jason Flemma.
His opponent, Karen Stanislaus says, “I have gone from the very beginning to the end in family court. First as an attorney for children. I have won many awards for my work in that area. I have made precedential law in that area that is followed by the entire State of New York."
State Supreme Court Judge candidate Anthony Brindisi told the forum “The people I have represented through my law practice, and through my public service have been everyday people throughout this community who come from various lifestyles, races, and religions. This has really helped me see things from other people's points of view, and to focus on seeing people as individuals, not stereotypes."
His opponent Danielle Fogel pointed out why she was best suited for the job. "I observed a lot of trials, I resided over many trials, I worked with many different clients over the years, and I watched all the judges on how differently they interacted in the cases I was handling. That's what you want. That's what you crave. You want a judge who understands what it's like to have these issues."
Election Day is Tuesday, November 2nd.