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Primary election certified; recount results confirmed

James Brown
Monroe County Board of Elections workers at the recounting of ballots on July 6, 2021.

Primary election results in Monroe County have been certified, and the recount of some close races has not changed the outcome.

The Monroe County Board of Elections released final tallies on Thursday.

The closest of the June Democratic primaries was in the Monroe County's 24th Legislative District, which includes parts of the city and Brighton. The final result showed Albert Blankley retaining his 9-vote margin over Rajesh Barnabas.

Blankley is chief operating officer for Common Ground Health.  Barnabas is an educator and activist who was part of a group of candidates calling themselves The People’s Slate. Two other candidates on that slate did win their Democratic primaries for city council — Stanley Martin and Kim Smith.

In the Democratic Primary for Monroe County Judge, where three seats are open, the top vote getters were Caroline Edwards-Morrison, Julie Cianca and Doug Randall.

Randall, an incumbent, maintained his 310-vote lead over Rochester City School Board President Van White.

White had earlier congratulated Randall and said on Facebook that he was honored to have been in such a close contest with a judge who has been on the bench for ten years. White, who also has a private law practice, is not running  for re-election to the school board this year. 

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.