The Democratic candidates also include groundbreaking firsts. Judge Dweynie E. Paul will become the first-ever Haitian-American NYS Supreme Court Justice in Kings County when presumably elected.
Dywenie E. Paul thanked “all who dedicated their time and energy to the process because of the importance of justice.”
Patria Frias-Colón is the first Dominican-born judge ever elected in the history of Kings County. Frias-Colón was recently appointed as the Supervising Judge for Queens County Civil Court. From 2020 to the present, she has served in Kings County Civil Court.
“My immigrant background and Brooklyn upbringing has shaped my legal philosophy,” said Frias Colon, who thanked the Party and vowed to fight for justice for all.
Judge Sheares proudly stated that regardless of what others may think or say about where you come from, or what school you attend, if you believe it, you can achieve it–as evidenced by her win.
Judge Lorna J. McAllister, who is of Jamaican descent, is “also another diverse and well-deserved addition to the Supreme Court bench,” Bichotte Hermelyn said.
Judge McAllister’s court experience began in 2008 when she worked as Senior Court Attorney for nominee Hon. Robin K. Sheares.
Honorable Cenceria P. Edwards is currently appointed Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term. “The Brooklyn Democratic Party is proud to nominate Edwards, a Black woman Justice with distinguished legal and judicial experience,” said Bichotte Hermelyn.
Judge Cheryl Gonzales is currently the supervising judge for the New York City Housing Court of Kings County, serving since 2005 in that court.
Nominee Judge Anne J. Swern, who currently serves in the New York City Civil Court, previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn for over 35 years, appointed by four separately elected District Attorneys.
“I’m humbled by the support of the Party Chair, the Vice Chair and all of the Executive Committee, who all unanimously endorsed me,” said Judge Swern.
Aaron D. Maslow, is a member of the Orthodox Jewish community and has over 40 years of experience as an attorney, including having served as an arbitrator for the last 20 years. He has practiced in the field of election law, representing numerous candidates from a diverse political spectrum.
Mr. Maslow helped diversify the judiciary by representing landmark candidates: the first openly lesbian and gay male attorneys elected to judgeships in Brooklyn, and the first Muslim attorney elected to a judgeship in New York State. Mr. Maslow has also spoken up against harassment of women and LGBTQ+ colleagues.
Incumbent nominee Justice Richard Velasquez - who began serving in the Kings County Supreme Court (Civil) in 2009 - “has devoted his life to public service and continually ensures that all who appear before him have fair and equitable access to the Justice System,” Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn said.
The other incumbent nominee, Justice Ellen Spodek, was elected to the Supreme Court (Civil) in 2009 and became Acting Administrative Judge in 2020.