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  • Democrats Elected to Office on Nov. 5: A Complete List

    County-wide, we unseated Republican incumbents in the County Executive and County Court Judges races and we claimed an open County Court Judge seat. Monroe County Executive: Adam Bello Monroe County Court Judges: Karen Bailey Turner and Michael Dollinger Democrats now hold 14 of 29 seats on the County Legislature. John Baynes beat the Republican incumbent in the 18th district, Michael Yudelson picked up a seat in the 13th district and Yversha Roman in the 26th district. County Legislature 10th: Howard MaffucciCounty Legislature 13th: Michael YudelsonCounty Legislature 14th: Justin WilcoxCounty Legislature 17th: Joe Morelle Jr.County Legislature… Read More

  • You Did It!

    Friends, Yesterday Monroe Democrats made history. For the first time in 32 years the County Executive seat is blue. We elected the first African American woman to County Court Judge. We picked up seats in the County Legislature, electing the first Asian American and Latina to serve. We flipped Webster and Rush blue, and made Democratic gains in town board seats. None of this would have been possible without you.  Thanks to our grassroots supporters and Chairs Club members, the committee has the resources it needs to support our Democratic candidates and voters. Thanks to… Read More

  • It’s Time to Vote: Important Information for Voting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Local and County Races

    It’s time to vote in the general election for local and county offices on Tuesday, November 5. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t Know if You’re Registered to Vote or Where to Vote? Use Monroe County’s Online Voter site to find out if you are registered to vote, where you vote, the candidates for which you will be voting (sample ballots are not yet available, but will be soon), to change your voting information (e.g., change your address if you’ve moved), and to request an absentee ballot. Another great resource is Everything… Read More

  • Special County Committee Meeting for BOE Commissioner

    County Committee Members: We will hold our Special County Committee Meeting on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 at Workers United, 750 East Ave., Rochester, NY. The meeting will be called to order at 6:00pm and credentialing will begin at 5:00pm for committee members. Please allow yourself enough time to sign in. The meeting is being held to elect our next Commissioner of the Board of Elections. If you have any questions about the committee meeting, please contact Briana Scott at 585.232.2410. PROXY: Please print and complete the form below if you cannot attend the county committee… Read More

  • Stonewall: A Beacon of Hope Fifty Years Later

    By: Owen Boice (MCDC 2019 Summer Intern)    Some events shape the history of civil rights. Stonewall is one of them. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn—a safe-haven for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, located in Lower Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood—and attacked gay patrons. This event, alone, would not change the landscape of the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. What followed, however, did. For the next six days following the raid, riots broke out within the gay community. The abuse, harassment, and discrimination toward LGBTQ+ New Yorkers had reached a critical mass, leading to a… Read More

  • 2019 Primary Election Results

    With paper still to count, our Democratic party-endorsed county court candidates, Michael Dollinger, and Karen Bailey Turner have emerged from hotly contested, third-party races and secured the Independence Party and Working Families Party lines, respectively, for November’s general election. Dollinger and Bailey Turner’s stellar performance in June is a bellwether for countywide success this fall! LaShay Harris earned over 60% of the vote in her bid to be kept on for Rochester City Council – South District.  Michael Patterson nearly doubled his opponent’s tally in his successful reelection campaign for Rochester City Council – Northeast… Read More

  • Get Out The Vote! Primary Election Day, June 25th.

    Election Day is Tuesday, June 25th, and here is all you need to know to effectively cast your vote in this important election.  Polls open at 12 PM and close at 9 PM. Details such as who is on the ballot, and where to find more information can be found on our Who We Are page.Additionally, if you have any remaining questions, please call our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) hotline at (585) 434-1620 for questions, court orders or if you need a ride to your polling place.  Remember that if you are rejected at your polling place, you… Read More

  • Elect Linda Hasman for County Legislature

    As MCDC’s designated candidate for County Legislator for the 23rd District, Linda Hasman aims to prioritize Monroe County families and our most vulnerable citizens by addressing issues with Child Protective Services (CPS), Early Intervention Services, Child Care Subsidies. She also addresses the opioid epidemic, climate change, the LBGTQ community and the well-being of our elderly. Linda also endorsed by NYSUT Rochester, and 1199 SEIU Originally from Oswego, NY, and relocating to the Rochester-Area in 2006, Linda has worked as a medical librarian at the University at Buffalo and currently works at the University of Rochester… Read More

  • Elect Yversha Roman for County Legislator

    Yversha Roman is the designated candidate for County Legislator for the 26th Legislative District and the current 26 LD Democratic Committee Leader– advocating to ensure our fair share of county services regarding roads and infrastructure repairs and a transparent government. Furthermore, Yversha is standing up for the future by seeking child care subsidies and working alongside school districts representatives, and City and town boards to find ways to streamline services and provide the best opportunities for young people.  Relocating to the Greater-Rochester Area from Ponce, Puerto Rico at the age of 4, Yversha Roman describes… Read More

  • Re-elect Michael Patterson for City Council- Northeast District

    Council member Michael Patterson is the incumbent and designated democratic candidate for City Council’s Northeast District. Originally appointed to the seat on December 17, 2013, Michael serves the council as the Chair of the Neighborhood and Business Development Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee and Arts and Culture committee. Prior to his appointment, Councilman Patterson served as the County Legislator for the 29th District. He is also a past member of Metro Justice Council, a progressive member-driven, grassroots organization dedicated to social, economic, and racial justice in Rochester, serving as the Social… Read More

  • Re-Elect John Lightfoot for County Legislature 25

    The Honorable John Lightfoot, incumbent candidate for the Monroe County Legislature for the 25th District and prides himself on “working for the people” since being elected into office in 2012. He serves as Ranking Minority Member of the Transportation Committee and is the Assistant Minority Leader of the Monroe County Democrats. Legislator Lightfoot passed legislation that increased the participation of Minority and Woman Business Enterprises (MWBEs) by raising the minimum participation requirements, and was an active participant in the relocation of Monroe Community College– Damon Campus in downtown Rochester and advocated for MCC remaining in… Read More

  • Keep LaShay Harris for City Council- South District

    Council member LaShay Harris was recently appointed to City Council on April 30th due to a unanimous vote, solidifying the trust and confidence of the community. Prior to her appointment, Harris completed a full term as County Legislator for the 27th District being the second African-American Woman to serve on county government– the first was the late-great Constance Mitchell. She will continue to be a strong advocate for city residents and support a fiscally responsible government, strong neighborhoods and thriving small businesses, and continuous economic growth. Councilwoman Harris began her career in EMS for the… Read More

  • Elect Mary Lupien for City Council- East District

    As a mother, community activist, city school teacher, Mary Lupien will continue to fight for the protection of renters’ rights, police accountability, the expansion of public transportation and creating a more green and sustainable future as your Councilwoman for the East District. “Mary’s dedication to her community, through her work with the Citywide Tenant Union, and as a bilingual city school teacher, is emblematic of our ideals and of the greater fight against inequality in our communities,” said Jesse Lenney, State Committee Member for Working Families Party in regards to Mary receiving their endorsement. Mary… Read More

  • Elect Mark Muoio for City Court

    Experience, Justice, and Compassion are what Monroe County designated candidate Mark Muoio for City Court is promising once elected into office. As the current Monroe County Legislature for District 21–representing the North Winton Village, Beechwood and Bensonhurst neighborhoods, and Director of Housing and Consumer Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Muoio has proven his commitment to the City of Rochester and assisted in his legal knowledge needed to be a City Court Judge. Additionally, Muoio has represented more than 4,000 persons in the Rochester City Court in the past decade. In the… Read More

  • Elect LaShana Boose for City Council- NorthWest District

    LaShana Boose, a longtime resident of the Northwest Community and leader of the 28th Legislative District, is running to become our next elected member of City Council for the Northwest Quadrant. She has received labor endorsements from the Rochester Labor Council, Locust Club, Bente Local 2419, 1199 SEIU and AFSCME Local 1635. Ms. Boose vows to fight for a multi-year plan aimed to progressively bring jobs back to the Northwest District. In addition, she plans to partner with current neighborhood business owners to gain a better understanding of their concerns and ensure they are addressed.… Read More

  • Vote Tom Flaherty for Webster Town Supervisor

    A Webster resident since October 1997, Tom Flaherty vows to bring a fresh perspective and purpose-driven change as the endorsed Democrat candidate for Webster Town Supervisor. Mr. Flaherty believes the Town Supervisor should be a caretaker of the people and overall fiscally responsible and wants the best for ALL Webster residents. Tom proclaims true leadership is not partisan but rather pragmatic. Tom graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1987 and obtained his CPA designation in 1991. He later founded FFC Mortage (originally Flaherty Funding Corp.) in 1995 that ran until January 2019, employing over 100… Read More

  • Elect Michael Yudelson for County Legislature

    Michael Yudelson is MCDC’s designated candidate for Monroe County Legislature-District 13 and is former Henrietta Town Supervisor, proudly declaring no tax raises under his 6-year leadership. Overall, Yudelson vows to be “an independent voice to advocate for the interests of the residents of [his] district and the entire Monroe County community”. He currently serves as the leader for the Henrietta Democratic Committee. Hailing from a family of public service, Michael has a long history of volunteering in the Henrietta community. As the founding member of the Rush-Henrietta Education Foundation, former president of the Winslow Parent-Teacher… Read More

  • Keep Sabrina LaMar for County Legislature- 27th District

    The Honorable Sabrina LaMar represents the 27th District in the Monroe County Legislature after being appointed to the seat on May 14th, serving on the Legislature’s Public Safety and Human Services Committees. Ms. LaMar is an advocate for “development without displacement” and her vision is that residents become the beneficiaries of their community’s economic growth. Sabrina is also committed to the City of Rochester is reflective of her personal and professional activities: She is the Assistant Director for an all-volunteer based, Rise UP Rochester, whose mission is to establish and maintain a non-violent culture while… Read More

  • Victor Sanchez for County Legislature- 21 District

    Victor Sanchez was born in Atlixco Puebla, a small city in Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of 6. After many years living as a legal resident, Victor felt the urgency to obtain his citizenship after the 2016 presidential election– not only because of what it could mean for his future (At a time where immigrants are being attacked at a federal level), but to secure his vote and voice for his community and country representation. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology… Read More

  • Keep Judge Melissa Barrett

    The Honorable Melissa Barrett aims to provide fairness, respect, and dignity to the Rochester City Court, proving why she earned the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s endorsement. Prior to her appointment in December 2018, Judge Melissa Barrett was a Principal Court Attorney for nearly 15 years and an Assistant Monroe County Public Defender for four years in Rochester City Court. The married, mother of two teens currently serves on several Seventh Judicial District Committees including the Administrative Judge Training Task Force, Mentoring Program, Workforce Diversity Committee, and Employee Interviewing Panels.  Her committee work has allowed her… Read More

  • To “I” or Not to “I”, That is the Question that Will Not Separate Democrats.

    A Case for Drafting Articles of Impeachment By: Lottie Gonzalez-Habes Two distinct inclinations appear to separate Democrats across Monroe County just like throughout the nation after the release of Robert Mueller’s report.  The much-awaited document laid out many instances of evidence demonstrating that Donald Trump engaged in acts to obstruct justice and more disturbingly, attempted to hide and obscure similar actions using and pressuring aides and advisors.  The questions posed by the talking heads on television, as well as, print and social media have changed from: When will the duly elected Congress be “allowed” to… Read More

  • The Monroe County Democrats submit record-breaking number of County-Wide Petitions to the Board of Elections

    The Monroe County Democratic Committee is proud to submit our county-wide petitions for the 2019 election season. Our county-wide designated candidates– Clerk Adam Bello for County Executive, Shani Curry-Mitchell for District Attorney and both Karen Bailey Turner and Michael Dollinger for County Court Judge persisted through harsh weather conditions to obtain an abundance of signatures to be placed on this year’s ballot. “Despite entering into the petitioning season earlier than expected, we are gratified by the outpouring of volunteers and supporters–resulting in approximately 12,000 county-wide signatures to place our candidates on the ballot in November,”… Read More

  • Unbought and Unbossed

    Chair Brittaney Wells guest article in Upstate NY Gospel Magazine in celebration of Women’s History month, read full article below. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it best: “Women are leaders everywhere you look ― from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” Last year, women across our city and our nation proved just that! The surprising upset of Secretary Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election to… Read More

  • Clerk Adam Bello and Mayor Warren Announce 2020 Census Jobs

    “With these jobs, local residents have an opportunity to earn a decent wage, gain valuable work experience and help us make sure our population is accurately reflected in the 2020 Census,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren as she was accompanied by Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello and Jeff Behler, Regional Director of the New York Region Census Center, urging residents of the Greater Rochester area to  apply for temporary field positions for the upcoming 2020 census. “Our population determines the city of Rochester’s allotment of federal resources and political capital, which helps our residents thrive… Read More

  • Democrat & Chronicle Editorial:

    Race-Baiting: GOP must stop its race-baiting in Dinolfo-Bello race “Race-baiting is not about vision, issues or candidate qualifications. It is about fear, mistrust and us-versus-them.” Monroe County deserves better– that is why we, the Monroe Democrats, are in full support of Hon. Adam Bello for County Executive. D&C: Op-Ed: Race-baiting is an ugly political trick. Rather than trying to unite voters around good ideas, race-baiting seeks to further split a community by exploiting its racial divisions. Race-baiting is not about vision, issues or candidate qualifications. It is about fear, mistrust, and us-versus-them. This type of campaigning has no place in Monroe… Read More

  • STATEMENT REGARDING THE WINNING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES OF THE 2019 DESIGNATION CONVENTION

    The Monroe Democratic Committee (MCDC) is honored to present the 2019 designated Democratic candidates. The announcement took place at the Annual Democratic Designating Convention on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn – Downtown Rochester. MCDC Chairwoman Brittaney Wells introduced the endorsed candidates during the celebration. Adam Bello won the Democratic nomination for County Executive, pursuant to the announcement of his candidacy on February 9th at the Workers United Hall. Bello currently serves as County Clerk and was the former Town Supervisor of Irondequoit. “Our community needs a government as good… Read More


I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt