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Marlene Budd will be on ballot for Suffolk Family Court

Democrat Marlene Budd is seen in this photo

Democrat Marlene Budd is seen in this photo from September 22, 2005 in Huntington. Credit: Freelance / Howard Schnapp

Suffolk Family Court Judge Marlene Budd will be on the November ballot for re-election no matter what happens to her appeal of a Suffolk Bar Association finding that she is "not qualified" to serve another term.

Budd formally filed her acceptance of the nomination, which is not required of judicial candidates, late Friday at the Suffolk Board of Elections in Yaphank.

Suffolk's major political parties have made it a practice not to run judicial candidates who fail to get a "qualified" rating from the county bar association.

But Democrats on May 20 renominated Budd before her interview with the bar screening committee. Following Budd's May 26 interview, the panel did not find her qualified for re-election, according to several high level political and legal sources.

Rich Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, said he has told Budd the party will not support her candidacy unless she successfully gets through a bar association rehearing. However, the party can do nothing to block her from running once her petitions are filed and she does not voluntarily decline the nomination. The final deadline for candidates to decline a nomination ended Monday.

Budd declined to comment Monday.

Donna England, who became bar association president June 1, declined to comment about Budd's decision to run or on her screening process. England said the bar association monitors its screening process, and if changes are needed "we will take every step to make it happen."

Also Monday, Independence Party member Kathy Bergmann, of Speonk, declined her party's nomination for Family Court and the party has until Thursday to name a replacement. Earlier, the party had endorsed incumbent Democrat Martha Luft for re-election.

Three other Independence Party members also declined their nominations: Teresa Borgart for county treasurer, Frank DaLene, of Wainscott, for Suffolk County Legislature in the second district and Randy Barany, of Lindenhurst, in the 14th district.

Meanwhile, the Suffolk Conservative Committee supported two Democrats for re-election: Legis. Al Krupski in the 1st District and Legis. Louis D'Amaro of North Babylon in the 17th.

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