David Thurston defeated Steven Buschman by 315 votes in Thursday’s Auburn City Court Judge race, while Cayuga County Legislature District 10 incumbent Joe Bennett held off a challenge from Mike Zank.
In a statement, Thurston thanked his supporters and attributed his win to the hard work and commitment of his volunteers, along with support from local law enforcement. “We’ve been knocking on doors since the beginning of June, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting the voters of Auburn, sharing my experiences as Judge with them, and having the opportunity for the voters to share their experiences with me.”
Both defeated candidates have secured alternative party lines and will be on the November ballot. Buschman is a lifelong Democrat, but qualified to get his name on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. Zank will run on the Auburn First party line.