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Attorney Kathy L. Quencer announces candidacy for Jefferson County Family Court judge


Brownville attorney Kathy L. Quencer says her 23-year career practicing family and matrimonial law has shown her that when a child’s support system fails, problems often follow.

“I believe that it takes a village to raise a child. We all play a role in this process,” she said.

Ms. Quencer, 53, made the statement Tuesday as she announced at the Italian-American Civic Association that she is running for Jefferson County Family Court judge. The General Brown High School graduate and lifelong county resident was introduced to supporters by Nathan A. Holloway, a family friend for more than 40 years.

“I know the values the Quencers have instilled in Kathy: integrity, a strong commitment to community service and a strong work ethic,” Mr. Holloway said.

Ms. Quencer, a Republican, is the lone announced candidate with judicial experience, having served as Brownville town justice since 2008. She said that experience has demonstrated that she can run a court calendar and has prepared her to handle the Family Court calendar, the busiest in the county.

“The greatest challenge for the next Family Court judge is managing its caseload. I welcome that challenge,” she said.

Ms. Quencer attended Jefferson Community College before transferring to Syracuse University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in personnel and industrial relations. After teaching business at Watertown High School for two years, she attended SUNY Buffalo Law School, earning her law degree in 1990. Since 1994, she has been a partner with Lisa A. Proven at the firm Proven & Quencer, Watertown. She is a member of the state and county Magistrates Association and serves as liaison between the county association and Youth Court, of which she is also a board member.

She also serves as the county Bar Association’s secretary, previously having served terms as president and vice president, and has served on local and Fifth Judicial District’s grievance committees for the bar association. She is an adjunct faculty member of JCC’s paralegal program, a town of Brownville Lions Club volunteer, a Future Business Leaders of America adviser and a mock trial facilitator for local schools.

Ms. Quencer is joined in the Family Court race by fellow Republicans Eugene J. Langone Jr. and Timothy L. Virkler, both of Watertown, and Democrat Susan A. Sovie, Sackets Harbor. They will be vying for a 10-year seat to succeed Judge Richard V. Hunt, who is retiring after 30 years as judge.

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