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Allison McGahay of Lake Placid, right, talks with Dave Hatch at an election night meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid on Tuesday. (Company Photo — Parker O’Brien)

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid resident Allison McGahay won one of three seats up for election Tuesday in the race for state Supreme Court justice in that judicial district. She is the first woman from the Adirondacks to be elected as a Superior Court judge in that district, according to Shaun Gillilland, chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

Unofficial election results for the 4th Judicial District Supreme Court justice race Wednesday morning showed McGahay, a Republican, leading the polls with 180,297 total votes. Fellow Republican candidates Richard A. Kupferman and Chris Obstarczyk, who won the other two open seats, received 152,176 votes and 144,315 votes, respectively.

A total of six people ran for the three open seats: Incumbent Democratic Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Muller lost his seat to the third-highest vote-getter, Obstarczyk, by more than 2,000 votes. Vincent W. Versaci and Teneka Frost, both candidates for the Democratic Party, also lost the election. Muller received 142,951 votes, Versaci received 141,185 votes and Frost received 119,304 votes.

McGahay will be Essex County’s first representative to the state Supreme Court since 2008, when incumbent Justice James Dawson lost his re-election bid. McGahay represents the 4th Judicial District, which includes Essex and Franklin counties. In February, McGahay said that in all, the 4th District covered 11 counties, 500,000 registered voters and 840,000 residents from Saratoga County to the Canadian border and from Washington to Fulton County. McGahay was unavailable for comment before deadline Wednesday morning.

McGahay said in February that he hoped the Office of Court Administration would restore courtrooms to the county if it secured the district seat; Muller moved the district’s chambers to Warren County after winning his election in 2008. McGahay said whoever wins the justice’s seat can choose which county in the district they want the state courtrooms to reside in, and he said he would choose Essex. county

McGahay received his Juris Doctor from Albany School of Union University and his Bachelor of Arts in Public Justice from SUNY Oswego. He worked as a judicial intern with Supreme Court Justice Bud Malone in Albany before a three-year stint as an assistant district attorney for the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. McGahay has served as Wilmington’s city attorney since 2017, and has been a county election commissioner and private attorney since 2013.

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