2020 primary


The Monroe County Democratic Committee on Saturday selected Rochester City Councilmember Jackie Ortiz to be the new Democratic Monroe County Board of Elections Commissioner, pending approval from the county legislature. 

The vote took place at Genesee Valley Park. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, committee members stayed in their cars and their votes were collected from them, following health and safety protocols.

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Acting Democratic Monroe County Elections Commissioner LaShana Boose says she is not going to to fill the position on a full-time basis.

A statement released by Boose Tuesday evening said, “Now more than ever, I feel that it is imperative that Black and Brown people work together to lift each other up. That’s why after learning that another woman of color was seeking to be our elections commissioner, I have decided that I want to support Ms. Ortiz and use my experience in service of her and the board’s success.”

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New York's political primary election has been over for more than two weeks, but the long vote count is continuing at the Erie County Board of Elections, checking more than 151,000 paper ballots.

Absentee ballots have usually been a minor part of the voting panoply; those people who were out of town or couldn't physically get to the polls. Not this year, during the COVID-19 pandemic. More people voted by mail than in person.

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Assembly member Harry Bronson held on to the Democratic line in defending his seat representing the 138th District, according to unofficial primary election results released Wednesday.

Bronson garnered 7,074 of the 12,726 votes cast, or roughly 57%.

His opponent, Alex Yudelson, an upstart candidate who had the backing of the Monroe County Democratic Committee and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, whom he serves as her chief of staff, captured nearly 43% of the vote.

The Monroe County Board of Elections is expected to certify the results in the coming days.

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County Clerk Jamie Romeo, who is running to keep the position that Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed her to in February, will carry the Democratic line in the November general election, according to unofficial primary results released Wednesday by the Monroe County Board of Elections.

The board is expected to certify the results in coming days.

Cooney takes 56th District Democratic nomination

Jul 8, 2020
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Jeremy Cooney has taken the Democratic primary for the 56th District Senate seat by a wide margin.

Cooney, an attorney and former congressional candidate, won 53.7% of the vote, according to unofficial results released Wednesday by the Monroe County Board of Elections.

He led a trio of candidates that included former Ibero-American Action League CEO Hilda Roasario Escher, who took 23.6% of the vote, and Greece Central School District Board member Sherita Traywick, who captured 22.6%.

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Demond Meeks, a labor union organizer with SEIU1199 who ran against the establishment for the Democratic line in the 137th Assembly District, has won the party’s nomination, according to unofficial primary election results released Wednesday. 

Meeks won the June 23 primary with 44.2% of the vote, besting the party’s chosen candidate, Monroe County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell, by almost 11 points. Flagler-Mitchell captured 33.5% of the vote.

Two other candidates, Ann Lewis and Silvano Orsi, rounded out the race, garnering 19% and 3% of the vote, respectively.

Clark wins 136th Assembly primary by wide margin

Jul 8, 2020
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Sarah Clark has pulled off a big victory in the Democratic primary for the 136th Assembly District, according to unofficial primary results released Wednesday.

The coronavirus pandemic created a unique situation in the 27th Congressional District.

After the resignation of Chris Collins, Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided to hold a special election in April to fill the seat -- but that election, between Democrat Nate McMurray and Republican Chris Jacobs, ended up being moved to Primary Day because of the pandemic.

Two primaries to see who will run for the seat in the general election are taking place in the district, one Republican, one Libertarian.

Adam Bello’s win in last year’s Monroe County executive election left a vacancy in the county clerk’s office -- one that Gov. Andrew Cuomo filled from a familiar Assembly district.

Cuomo tapped 136th District Assemblyperson Jamie Romeo to fill the rest of Bello’s term, just like he named Bello, who was in that same seat, to fill Cheryl Dinolfo’s term when she became county executive in 2016. Now, Romeo faces her first challenge, a Democratic primary, in an effort to keep the seat.