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Primary candidates for Rochester City Court Judge

 (foreground) Constance Patterson, and (background) Campbell Roth and Jack Elliott on "Connections"
Julie Williams
(foreground) Constance Patterson, and (background) Campbell Roth and Jack Elliott on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Wednesday, June 7, 2023

We continue our conversations with candidates running in this month’s primary. This hour, we sit down with candidates for Rochester City Court Judge.

The three candidates, who have all worked as public defenders, are running on platforms that include restorative justice and restitution for victims.

Listeners called in with questions about Kia and Hyundai thefts, judicial discretion and bail reform, police body cameras in evidence, the role of public defenders in the courts and the presumption of innocence.

Our guests:

Meet the Rochester City Court Judge candidates

Judge Jack Elliot
Judge Jack Elliot, an incumbent, is seeking reelection. A former public defender, he was first elected in 2003 to the Rochester City Court as a judge. Elliot presides in the Rochester Drug Treatment Court and the Monroe County Mental Health Court and says he has more than 33 years of experience serving Rochester.
Jack looks at the camera, smiling, in a courtyard
Ryan Williamson
CITY Magazine
Jack Elliot, candidate for Rochester City Court Judge.
Constance Patterson
Constance Patterson currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County. She worked with the Georgia Public Defenders Council and the Georgia Innocence Project, and serves on a number of boards in Rochester, including the Rochester Black Bar Association. Patterson says she's focused on "restoring compassion to our criminal justice system."
Constance smiles at the camera in a courtyard.
Ryan Williamson
CITY Magazine
Constance Patterson, Rochester City Court Judge candidate.
Campbell Roth
Before law, Campbell Roth was a journalist with Politico. She is a public defender in Monroe County for over 10 years now, coming first on a fellowship in the Public DefenderCorps. She says the New York state court system tends to be too punitive, and she'll employ restorative justice practices to provide restitution to victims and create accountability for alleged perpetrators.
Campbell smiles at the camera in a courtyard.
Ryan Williamson
CITY Magazine
Campbell Roth, Rochester City Court Judge candidate.

Make your voting plan

Monroe County will hold a primary election on June 27, 2023. Are you registered to vote in Monroe County? If not, you can register to vote online or download forms to mail in. Early voting will be available from June 17 to June 25. If you can't vote early or in-person on June 27, you can request a mail-in ballot online by June 12 or in-person by June 26.

Here are the registered candidates for the primary.

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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