Monroe County Democratic Committee

Wednesday night's vice presidential debate may not change the course of the presidential race, but it did give voters an opportunity to hear about the sharp differences between the two parties' platforms. This hour, we sit down with local Democratic Party leaders to discuss the party's strategies for addressing a number of issues: responding to the coronavirus, health care, the economy, the Supreme Court, and more.

Our guests also share their perspectives on the debate and the future of their party. It's our first chance to hear from the new team at the Monroe County Democratic Party. We will talk to local Republican Party leaders and members in a forthcoming discussion. Our guests:

  • Zach King, chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party
  • Stephen DeVay, executive vice chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party
  • Beatriz LeBron, treasurer of the Monroe County Democratic Party
  • Ebody Dukes, secretary of the Monroe County Democratic Party

Monroe County Democratic Committee

The executive director and chairperson of the Monroe County Democratic Committee informed party leaders Thursday that she has stepped down as executive director and will not look to stay on as chairperson when her term expires early next month.

Brittaney Wells has held the dual roles for the better part of two years, having been named the party's executive director in August 2018 and elected as the party's chair two months later in October. The chairperson serves a two-year term, which is to end on Oct. 3.


A state judge on Friday said there was nothing precluding the Monroe County Legislature from installing a new Democratic county elections commissioner now — upending an argument used by legislative leaders to delay the confirmation of Jackie Ortiz earlier in the week.

Legislators, spurred by a small faction of Democrats, on Tuesday put off voting on a long-awaited measure to confirm the appointment of Ortiz, whom members of the county Democratic Committee last month overwhelmingly elected to be the next elections commissioner.


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.”


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and some Democratic Monroe County legislators are challenging the county attorney’s legal opinion on the process of appointing a new Democratic county elections commissioner an ostensibly routine procedure that has been plagued by party infighting for months.

The Monroe County Board of Elections, like other elections boards in New York, is overseen by a pair of co-commissioners, a Republican and a Democrat.