Becker Edges Rosa in County Judge Race


Incumbent Carl Becker has apparently defeated challenger Gary Rosa in the race for Delaware County Judge.

Mr. Rosa confirmed on Thursday night that unofficial figures from the Delaware County Board of Elections showed Mr. Becker as the winner.

The vote tally will not be finalized until November 19, but the numbers show Mr. Becker approximately 190 votes ahead of Mr. Rosa.

Information supplied to the News on Thursday afternoon by Democratic Party officials indicated that Mr. Rosa had won the election. Those figures turned out to be incorrect and the News removed the story from its website after party officials corrected the misinformation.

Election Night figures showed Mr. Becker with a 175-vote lead, 8,335 – 8,160, as he sought a second 10-year term.

The Board of Elections sent out applications for absentee ballots to more than 1,700 residents and over 1,400 absentee ballots were returned. Voters who encountered difficulties at polling places submitted more than 200 affidavit ballots.

Board of Elections inspectors began the process of counting the additional 1,600-plus ballots on Tuesday. The deadline for receiving absentee ballots is November 19. Results cannot be deemed official until that date.

The county judge race was closely watched as Mr. Rosa, a Democrat, tried to unseat the Republican incumbent. Mr. Rosa, who has a longtime law practice in Margaretville and who has served as a Middletown Town Justice for more than 20 years, focused his campaign around having the proper temperament and judgment for the position.

Mr. Becker campaigned on the experience he has gained after serving 10 years as County Judge.