Judge Peacock

Ithaca, N.Y. — Seth Peacock confirmed this week that he is running against Rick Wallace in the Ithaca City Court judge race this November.

Peacock will compete on the Working Families Party line.

Peacock lost to Wallace on the Democratic party line earlier this month. After the vote, it appeared that Peacock would pursue the Working Families Party line — but Peacock’s decision to run had not been confirmed in news accounts.

Peacock said in an interview Friday that he had never stopped campaigning and that he looks forward to giving all of the city’s voters the chance to have a say in the election.

Vote tallies showed attorney Wallace beating Peacock — who has been appointed interim city court judge — in the Democratic primary by a margin of 801 to 735 on Sept. 9, according to Peacock.

“This was an extremely close primary election a swing of 35 votes would have changed the outcome,” Peacock said. “I have an obligation to all of my supporters and the young people of this community to run in the November 4 general election.”

Peacock took an 8-to-6 vote margin ahead of Wallace on the Working Families Party line.

Judge Peacock

Peacock, citing Sheriff Ken Lansing, noted that it’s “not unprecedented that a candidate … not win the Democratic primary but win the general election.”

“(Wallace) won one line on the ballot in november and I won another line and all things are equal in November,” Peacock said, “This time, it’s the whole population of registered voters, not just those connected to one of the parties.”

For background on the race.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.