Politics and Elections

October 15, 2013

Jay justice vote set for Wednesday

JAY — Jay residents have the opportunity to decide whether to retain a second town-justice position by voting in a special election Wednesday.

Voting is from noon to 8 p.m. for Election District 1 at the Jay Community Center, 11 School Lane in AuSable Forks, and District 2 at the Amos and Julia Ward Theatre at 12 Parkside Drive in Jay.

A “yes” vote would eliminate one of two Jay town justice positions, while a “no” vote would not eliminate the justice position.

Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas and members of the Town Council favor doing away with the second justice post, while Fred Balzac, who is running for a Jay Town Council seat on the Green Party, and Rosamond Lincoln-Day, an independent candidate for the justice post that is up for removal, support keeping the position.


Balzac successfully petitioned to put the justice question on a special election ballot.

He said he did so because people “want more open, transparent local government that seeks the input of more than just a handful of townspeople.”

The second justice job is held by Robert Minogue, who is running for re-election this year as an independent. The third candidate is independent Rodney Dockum.

Balzac said he and Lincoln-Day are citing several reasons for voting down the effort to eliminate the justice position: overcoming conflict of interest when one judge is faced with a case involving relatives or others he or she knows well, lack of significant financial savings, unpredictable caseloads and reducing the opportunity for corruption.


Minogue has been criticized for going to Florida during the winter and at other times, but he defended himself in a Press-Republican Letter to the Editor on Monday saying he is always available, has kept up with his caseload and often flies back at his own expense to conduct court sessions.

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