Dear Editor,

Due to the tragic passing of Judge Reitz earlier this year, there is an important election in November for County Court Judge.

We were fortunate in Putnam County to have a Judge of the highest moral character, intellect, and compassion. Judge Reitz's handling of the Drug Courts rightly earned him national praise and recognition and his commitment to helping those struggling with addiction, earned him admiration from Putnam County residents.

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It is critical that we replace him with someone who has the right experience and judicial temperament. Judge Joe Spofford is the right person for the job. Having served as Carmel Town Justice for the last twenty years, he has always been fair and impartial and treated everyone who has appeared before him with respect.

Now is not the time for on the job training. We need a Judge who will hit the ground running and follow through on the important work of Judge Reitz. I can think of no one better than Judge Spofford to do that job.

Best,

Greg Cantone