Kurtz declares bid to succeed retiring Saratoga County Court Judge Murphy

As we reported First on 13 Wednesday, Saratoga County Judge Jim Murphy told friends and family last night that he would not be seeking re-election.

Murphy’s court attorney, Adele Kurtz, officially announced her candidacy on Thursday to succeed her boss.

The 56-year-old married mother of three is also a former assistant district attorney. Kurtz was surrounded by friends and supporters as she said she hopes to follow in the footsteps of Jim Murphy.

“When he announced he was not seeking re-election, it set up me for the perfect transition. Having been on the defense side, having been on the prosecution side and now having sat next to him in chambers and at the bench, it is going to be a seamless transition if elected,” she said.

Kurtz is seeking the Republican and Conservative lines in next November’s election, but will have some competition. Current Wilton Town Judge Matthew Coseo also told NewsChannel 13 today that he wants to be the next county judge.

Before becoming town judge, Coseo was an assistant district attorney.