2019 Election

We continue our series of interviews with candidates on the ballot next month. Today, we sit down with the two contenders for the Rochester City Council's East District seat.

In studio:

  • Mary Lupien, Democratic candidate for Rochester City Council’s East District
  • Dave Sutliff-Atias, Green Party candidate for Rochester City Council’s East District

The Town of Pittsford is preparing for an election, and it’s embroiled in a debate over segregation and housing policy. We invited candidates from both parties, as well as town leaders who are on opposing sides of the housing dispute. Our guests are the only ones who replied to our multiples requests for interviews.

In studio:

We continue our series of discussions for candidates for Rochester City Council. This hour, we sit down with candidates for the South District: Alex White, the Green Party candidate; and Marcus Williams, the Republican Party candidate. They discuss their platforms and priorities for the district, and for the City of Rochester.

In studio:

  • Alex White, Green Party candidate for Rochester City Council, South District
  • Marcus Williams, Republican Party candidate for Rochester City Council, South District

*Note: LaShay Harris, the third candidate in this race, was invited to join the conversation, but did not respond to multiple invitations.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will declare a special election for the 27th Congressional district seat just vacated by Republican Chris Collins.

Collins resigned on Monday and is expected to plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan this afternoon in connection with an insider trading case against him.

We welcome candidates for Rochester City Council. Earlier this summer, we sat down with candidates running in the Democratic primary. Now that the race has wrapped up, we hear from candidates running on the Green and Republican Party lines.

It’s an opportunity for the community to hear about the candidates’ platforms and priorities, and ask questions. In studio:


Hilda Rosario Escher, the former longtime leader of the Ibero-American Action League, is considering the possibility of running for NYS Senate in the 56th district, a seat currently held by Republican Joe Robach.

Escher confirmed for WXXI News that she is thinking about running for the Democratic Party nomination, which was first reported in the Democrat and Chronicle Sunday.

Rachel Barnhart, Mary Lupien, and Yversha Roman all won elections on Tuesday night. All three have run unsuccessfully in previous years.

We talk to them about why they have chosen to continue to pursue elected office, the value of persistence, and their perceptions of local politics. In studio:

  • Rachel Barnhart, candidate for Monroe County Legislature (21st District)
  • Mary Lupien, candidate for Rochester City Council (East District)
  • Yversha Roman, candidate for Monroe County Legislature (26th District)

WXXI News will have coverage of the primary election returns starting at 9 p.m. Here's where you can follow our coverage:

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is running for reelection. She and her opponent, Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello, are challenging each other on the Independence Party line in the upcoming primary.

We sit down with Dinolfo to discuss a number of issues, including taxes, economic development, and her views on the so-called Green Light bill, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. This is our second in a series of interviews with Dinolfo and Bello as we cover the county executive race.

Here's a look at who's running for City Council

Jun 18, 2019

In a June 25 primary election, Rochester voters will start choosing the officials who most closely represent them: the four district City Council members.

Winners of the primary will compete in November's general election, and the Green Party is running candidates for City Council.

But in heavily Democratic Rochester, the Democratic primary winners often win easily in November.