Chris Baker, 47, announced his Republican candidacy for Chemung County Court Judge to succeed Judge James Hayden in January 2016.
Chris is widely considered one of the most thoughtful, compassionate, competent, and experienced lawyers in Chemung County.
Born and raised in Elmira, Chris, his wife Karen, and their two sons live on the same street where he grew up. A graduate of Elmira Free Academy, Chris learned the value of hard work at a very early age from his parents. As the son of a Chemung County Probation Officer and St. Joseph’s Hospital Nurse, Chris worked his way through SUNY Buffalo Law School by bartending and waiting tables at Bernie Murray’s Restaurant.
For the past 16 years, Chris has served as the Confidential Attorney, Counselor, and Principal Law Clerk for New York State Supreme Court Judge, Judy O’Shea. He is the only attorney in the 10-county Sixth Judicial District to be appointed as a Judicial Hearing Officer, serving as Judge to adjudicate employee disciplinary and misconduct charges throughout the State. In addition to his extensive work in the judiciary, Chris also prosecuted criminals in County Court as an Assistant District Attorney early in his career.
Chris is also very involved in making our community a better place to live and work. He worked on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, where he served as their President during the challenging merger with Arnot Ogden. He has worked with the American Red Cross as Chapter President and was very involved in raising money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He has also been very involved in youth sports, especially soccer and lacrosse for many years.
Chris has widespread community support, having been endorsed by the Chemung County Republican and Conservative Committees, and many prominent local officials, including County Executive Tom Santulli, Sheriff Chris Moss, Senator Tom O’Mara, former Senator George Winner, Mayor Dan Mandell, Republican Chairman Rodney Strange, and many more.
Additionally, Chris is the only candidate in this race for County Judge who did not concurrently seek the Democratic Party line in this year’s election, instead remaining committed to his lifelong conservative values.