“2020 is the year for us to be the true progressives that we say we are and forge a new path that plants us on the right side of history,” said Chairwoman Brittaney Wells on Saturday morning, February 1, at the Monroe County Democratic Committee Designating Convention, speaking to a room full of energized Democrats, media and community members.
With a focus on the future and the accomplishments to come, the Monroe County Democratic Party endorsed a full slate of candidates, ranging from local candidates to candidates for the state legislature to the United States Congress, a slate that represents the party’s diversity, strength and vast wells of experience
“I want a party that works for everyone. I want to endorse candidates and look out at our party and see a reflection of the people we all serve in Monroe County,” said Chairwoman Wells. “Change is never easy but change brings progress.”
The candidates now will enter a period of petitioning as they prepare for the June 23rd New York state primary.
The list of endorsed candidates is as follows:
Joe Morelle – U.S. Congress District 25. The former Majority Leader of the New York State (NYS) Assembly representing the 136th district, Joe Morelle succeeded Representative Louise Slaughter in the United States House of Representatives in 2018.
Nate McMurray – U.S. Congress District 27. A Fulbright Scholar and Western New York native, Nate McMurray ran for Congress in the 27th District in 2018 and was 1% away from victory in a highly conservative district.
Shauna O’Toole – New York State Senate District 54**. Founder of the “We Exist Coalition of the Finger Lakes” that promotes gender-expansive awareness and equality, Shauna would be the first transgender candidate elected to the NYS legislature.
Samra Brouk – NYS Senate District 55. Samra is a former member of the Peace Corps and has helped with various startups and youth mentoring programs.
Jeremy Cooney- NYS Senate District 56. Possessing a vision for a positive future and holding deep roots in Monroe County and Rochester, Jeremy has served in various levels of government from Albany to the city of Rochester Mayor’s Office.
Jason Klimek- NYS Senate District 59**. A community member with experience in various types of businesses and organizations, Jason is an active resident of Upstate New York who uses his voice to promote positive change
Kim Smith – NYS Senate District 61**. A third-generation Western New Yorker, Kim is a strong proponent of making sure all voices in society are heard and listened too.
ChaRon Sattler-Leblanc – NYS Assembly District 133**. An educator and a fierce gun safety advocate, ChaRon is a strong proponent of groups such as Moms Demand Action that promote gun safety legislation that protects communities.
Dylan Dailor – NYS Assembly District 134. An author and speaker, Dylan is a self-advocate for promoting the voices of all in society.
Jen Lunsford – NYS Assembly District 135. An attorney and activist with vast experience in community action, Jen has a deep understanding of her community and what it will take to create positive, progressive legislation in Albany.
Justin Wilcox – NYS Assembly District 136. A Monroe County legislator with deep ties in his community, Justin has a strong knowledge of state governance and local needs that he has used to promote positive change in the County Legislature.
Ernest Flagler – NYS Assembly District 137. Assistant Minority Leader in the Monroe County Legislature, Ernest is a well-known figure in his community who has fought to make sure that each and every voice is heard.
Alex Yudelson – NYS Assembly District 138. An Upstate New York native, Alex has spent his entire career promoting positive change in society, from the White House to Rochester, New York.
Judge Chris Ciaccio – Monroe County Surrogate Court. A County Court Judge, Judge Ciacco has presided over more than 50 trials and hundreds of hearings, demonstrating a clear grasp of the law and a strong interest in fairness and justice.
Meredith Vacca – Monroe County Court Judge. A former Supreme Court Candidate, Meredith Vacca would be the first Asian-American judge in Monroe County. Meredith has extensive courtroom experience as a special victims prosecutor.
Jamie Romeo – Monroe County Clerk. Assemblywoman Romeo has been a leading advocate for Monroe County, focusing on protecting the environment through programs such as cleanup sites along the Lake Ontario Shoreline.
Judge Theresa Johnson – Rochester City Court. A Current Rochester City Court Judge for over 20 years; as the first African-American on the bench Theresa Johnson has proved to be a powerful proponent of fairness and keeping the community safe.
Our Designated Town Officials Are As Follows:
John Falk – Brighton Town Justice
Mindy McLaren – Penfield Town Board
Chaz Rorick – Rush Town Board
Michael Ansaldi – Pittsford Town Judge
**These candidates have been designated by the Monroe County Democratic Committee and are waiting on further designation status from other counties