cites experience in judge race
TROY - Charles ''Chuck'' Wilcox, an ex-Rensselaer County district attorney who has also worked as a defense attorney in a 37-year legal career,, announced his candidacy for the county judgeship once held by Patrick McGrath.
, 62, will likely face Democrat Andrew G. Ceresia, 37, a North Greenbush town justice tapped by Gov.
David Paterson last month to fill the position until an election in November.
Endorsed by county Democrats, Ceresia has not been confirmed by the Senate.
''Experience will be the key factor in this race,'' Wilcox
said as he
was surrounded by Republican supporters who joined him on the steps of the county courthouse. ''A wrong decision in there could result in a murderer going free or an innocent person put behind bars.''
Wilcox was elected district attorney in 1977 after getting hired as an assistant DA fresh out of law school in 1972.
He served until 1986 when he was defeated by Democrat James Canfield, who later became a state Supreme Court judge.
In his private practice as a defense attorney, Wilcox
represented Wiley Gates, a then 17-year-old Chatham man who was charged in the December 1986 murders of his father, brother, cousin and his father's girlfriend in the family's rural home.