After 20 years on the bench, Auburn City Court Judge Michael McKeon has announced he will not seek re-election in November.
First elected in 1999, McKeon created a drug court for misdemeanor offenders in 2003 and presided over Cayuga County’s felony drug treatment court and judicial diversion from 2010 through April. He has also served as an acting Cayuga County and Family Court judge since 2010.
Attorney David Thurston has announced he will seek the Democratic party nomination to succeed Judge McKeon.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Auburn native praised Judge McKeon. “Judge McKeon has been a true leader as the Court has found itself on the front lines of the opioid crisis now affecting so many families. I’ve been honored to see firsthand Judge McKeon’s dedication and hard work on behalf of our community for the past four years – I am eager to uphold the integrity of the Court.”
Thurston said his work as an appointed City Court Judge gives him with the necessary experience to fulfill the judicial duties for a ten-year term.