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DeMarch prepares for new role

Douglas DeMarch Jr. will soon have big shoes to fill as he steps into the role of judge.

DeMarch follows in the footsteps of retiring Cicero Town Justice Carl Putzer and other greats like the late Harvey Chase.

"I'm very proud and very humbled to be able to follow in the footsteps, the path, of such great jurists that we've had here in Cicero," DeMarch said. "It's great to know that those before me were such dedicated public servants and jurists."

According to unofficial election results, during the general election on Tuesday Nov. 2, DeMarch brought in 3,857 votes while Robert Bertrand trailed behind with 2,884 votes. The town also reported seven write-in votes.

DeMarch , who ran on the Conservative, Republican and Independent lines, said he is very excited about the new challenge ahead of him.

DeMarch said he has been in contact with Putzer, and will work with him to make the transition into his new role as town justice easier.

"I'm very happy with the outcome of the election," he said. "It seems as though the public got out and voted."

A 1997 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, DeMarch has been practicing law for approximately 14 years in a number of capacities, including as an assistant district attorney in Madison and Oneida counties.

"In the smaller counties you always wind up handling some share of the justice court work," DeMarch said. "I've always handled justice court work."

DeMarch said he is very familiar with justice courts from the vantage point of an attorney and he is looking forward to the challenge being a judge will present.

"I've had a lot of opportunities come my way to have varied background in the law. I've been very fortunate," he said.

As the first time running for public office, DeMarch welcomed support not only from the voters, but also from his family.

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