Mark A. Montour, a local attorney and judge, announced Friday that he earned the nomination of the Working Families Party in his bid for the Supreme Court of the State of New York's Eighth Judicial District. Montour currently serves as Justice of the Lancaster Town Court.
"I am humbled and pleased by the support of the Working Families Party because it is important to me that the hardworking men and women of Erie County support me in November," Montour said. "The Working Families Party represents the backbone of our community - middle class individuals who put forth an honest day's work in order to provide for their families and give back to their community."
"Judge Montour is a great fit for the Supreme Court and our party was happy to endorse his candidacy because for man years Mark has exemplified hard work, accountability and a devotion to public service," said Paul Schuh, co-chair of the Working Families Party. "The Western New York community needs more individuals like Mark and the Working Families Party is committed to helping Mark across the finish line in November."
Mark A. Montour is a Western New York native, a private attorney and a Town Justice who has deep roots in hard work, public service and accountability. Justice Montour was first elected Lancaster Town Justice in November 2007. Prior to this, he served for twelve years as a Lancaster Town Councilman. He also serves as an acting judge in the cities of Buffalo and Batavia.
Justice Montour's history of participation at the local level of government illustrates his commitment to the people of Western New York. Montour's legal career began when he gratduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1983. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree fro Canisius College in 1980.
The Working Families endorsement is especially valuable in the home stretch of a competitive campaign because the party has the backing of powerful union forces who phone bank and knock on doors to get out the vote on Election Day. He will need them, because Republican Niagara County Legislator Paul B. Wojtaszek is hot on his heels.
Montour adds the WFP backing to endorsements from the Democratic and Independence parties, the Buffalo Police Association, the NYS Troopers Union, the WNY Police Association. the NYS Firefighters, and the United Auto Workers. A native American, he also has the support of the Seneca, Mohawk, and Oneida nations.
The Supreme Court race is shaping up to be the most interesting judicial campaign this season.