Chemung County, NY (WENY) -- Elmira city judge Otto Campanella has announced his plan to run for Chemung county judge.

Campanella is running for the justice seat recently vacated by current Supreme court justice Chris Baker.

He's served as an Elmira City court judge for the last 6 years, presiding over thousands of criminal and civil cases. This past year, Campanella was appointed as the acting county court judge. Before becoming a judge Campanella handled cases as a prosecutor, defense attorney and civil attorney.

He feel's he's garnered valuable experience and first hand experience of what it would be like serving as the full-time judge.