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Regional Archives The Altamont Enterprise, November 4, 2010

Doyle stays on Surrogate’s bench

By Saranac Hale Spencer

ALBANY COUNTY — Democrat Cathryn Doyle maintained her post as judge of the surrogate’s court by a 25-point margin over her Republican challenger in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results from the county’s board of elections.

Margaret Adkins, a judge in New Scotland’s town court, got about 33 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results.  The remaining 9 percent of the votes went to Helena Heath-Roland, who had challenged Doyle in the Democratic primary and ended up with the Working Families line.

“It was an uphill battle,” Adkins said, adding that she appreciated the respectful tenor of the race.

Doyle, the one term incumbent in the 10-year post, was grateful for the support she got from voters, Matthew Kelly, a lawyer in the firm of Roemer, Wallens, Gold, & Mineaux who worked on her campaign, said on her behalf yesterday.  Doyle couldn’t be reached for comment.  He attributed her win to “years of dedicated hard work” on the bench.

Asked to what Adkins attributed the outcome, she answered with a laugh, “voter enrollment” — Albany is a heavily Democratic county.

As of now, Adkins said, she is happy with her job on the town court, saying, “I’ve got court tomorrow night.”

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