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Former Probate Court Judge wins GOP nomination for regional judge position

A man with 20 years of experience as a Probate Court Judge has won the Republican primary for an open Probate Court Judge seat. The winner of the contest yesterday for Northern Fairfield County Probate Court Judge is Bethel Town Treasurer, former Bethel Probate Court Judge Daniel O'Grady, winning in three of the four municipalites served by the court.  Ridgefield Attorney Patrick Walsh won in his hometown.


  Daniel O'Grady Patrick Walsh  
TOWN     Voter Turnout
Bethel 563 69 20%
Newtown 334 105 8%
Redding 163 75 11%
Ridgefield 97 517 10%
TOTAL 1,157 766  



*Unofficial results from the Secretary of the State's Office


Judge Joseph Egan is leaving office in October when he reaches the mandated retirement age of 70.  The Court serves about 80,000 people in Ridgefield, Redding, Newtown, and Bethel.  The Court is based in Bethel.


O'Grady goes on to face Democratic nominee Sharon Dornfeld and petitioning candidate Jennifer Collins.


O’Grady has owned a private law practice for 30 years.

Collins has served as a magistrate and commissioner of small claims court for six years.  She is the founder and managing member of Collins & Associates LLC.


Dornfeld has been an attorney in private practice, and a sole practitioner since 1988.  She has also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in Danbury since 1991.

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