The contest for Niagara County Court Judge ended in a strong win for Caroline Wojtaszek Tuesday night. Pulling in a heavy turnout, Wojtaszek beat her opponent Michael Benedict with 67,797 votes, translating roughly into 82% of the electorate.
Wojtaszek, who is currently a clerk for the Niagara County Court, and a former District Attorney, will be taking retiring Judge Sara Sheldon’s seat. After the win, she issued a message of gratitude towards her supporters, stating,
“I want to thank my family, my friends and all the people who worked so hard on my campaign. Being the next Niagara County Court Judge is a tremendous responsibility and I promise to perform the job with honor and integrity. My good friend and mentor Judge Sheldon set the example for this office and I will strive to meet her high standards.”
Mike Benedict, who is experienced as a defense attorney, prosecutor, and confidential law clerk, rallied sectors of support throughout Niagara County, capturing 14,650 votes.
Upon recognizing the ballot box loss, Benedict was upbeat, stating,
“Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers who believed in this campaign. While I was not as successful as I hoped, I am encouraged by the tens of thousands of voters who supported me. I’d also like to congratulate Caroline Wojtaszek on her victory and I wish her the best in the next stage of her career. So what’s next? Well, stay tuned. And store your Benedict lawn signs in a safe place…”