Chautauqua County Court Judge John Ward has received the endorsement of the New York State Police Investigators Association in his bid for re-election to the County Court Bench.
By letter dated Sept. 6, from Investigator Richard V. Qualey, NYSPIA Vice President/Troop "A" Delegate, Ward was informed that "...it is with great honor and pride that we endorse you for re-election to the position of Chautauqua County Court Judge. Our membership proudly serves the citizens of Chautauqua County and the State of New York in all areas of criminal investigation.
"Your many years of dedicated service to the community have brought honor and professionalism to the judicial system in Chautauqua County. As County Court Judge, your reputation of fairness and impartiality were duly noted and respected by members of the New York State Police BCI as well as various local agencies."
Inv. Qualey concluded, "Your excellent reputation precedes you in your political race for Chautauqua County Court Judge and it is with great pleasure that the members of the NYSPIA offer our support and assistance in your re-election and look forward to working with you in the future."
"It is with great honor and humility that I accept this endorsement from these experienced and professional police investigators. As District Attorney, I worked closely with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation on numerous cases. As judge I have seen the excellence that they bring to their profession in investigating and solving serious crimes committed against member of our community. I am extremely thankful for their support," Ward responded.
Ward is the endorsed Republican and Conservative candidate for re-election to the County Court Bench. He faces competition for the Conservative and Independence lines in those parties' primaries this Thursday, Sept. 13.
The winner of the primaries will be on those lines in the November General Election.
"Regardless of whom you support, I urge all Conservative and Independence Party members to get out and vote in this Thursday's Primary. The results could very well determine who will be your next County Court Judge," Ward concluded.