A Ditmas Park fundraiser for Jacob Gold, the dean of Democratic District Leaders, yesterday brought out a small army of attorneys – all hopeful of getting the Kings County Democratic Party nod for one of the six open Civil Court bench seats in the September primary.
Gold is the longest serving Democratic District leader in the state and maybe the country, having first been elected to the position in 1975. Several other Democratic District leaders were also in attendance including Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Frank Seddio, Geoffrey Davis and Anthony Jones, Delia Schack and Cory Provost as well as City Council Members Mathieu Eugene and David Greenfield.
“Our county leader Frank Seddio very wisely said that before making any decisions he wants the candidates to meet the rest of the county [Democratic district ] leaders, and the only way to meet the leaders is to come and meet them. I’m very delighted to see so many worthwhile candidates here today willing to take some time to come and see me. The trouble is there are so many well qualified candidates, it’s hard to pick between candidates A and B,” said Gold.
Seddio said the judicial screening committee just finished screening 17 or 18 candidates for the six bench seats and are expected to make an announcement which of these people are deemed qualified to become judges. The screening committee is made up of 25 members including three appointees of Seddio, seven appointees of the other Democratic District leaders, and the other 15 committee members made up of various bar associations and court related organizations.
“Once the committee makes their selection of the qualified candidates, the county leaders will get together and on May 17 will announce which candidates the party will support in the primary,” said Seddio. “We cannot nor will we endorse a candidate that has not been found to be qualified.”
Seddio said having the Kings County Democratic Party support is important as it comes with help in filing election petitions and the entire Democratic Party apparatus that is very important in winning a seat on the bench.
“If they are deemed qualified, we always endorse the incumbents, which will leave us with three other endorsements to make,” he said.
The three incumbents are Civil Court Judges Carolyn E. Wade, Frederick C. Arriaga and Robin K. Sheares.