A local family law attorney is running for Oneida County Family Court Judge.

Republican Paul Deep announced his candidacy on Thursday before family, friends and supporters at Daniele's at Valley View.

"Family Court serves the people of Oneida County at some of the most vulnerable and turbulent times of their lives. The decisions made there concerning the parents and children can have far reaching and life altering effects," said Deep.  "Today I'm announcing my candidacy for Family Court Judge so I can bring my many years of specialized experience in Family Law matters to work for more of those in need in Oneida County," he added.

For the past 12 years, Deep has specialized primarily in Family Law.

Deep is looking to replace long-time Judge Joan Shkane, who is retiring.

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