• 2020 NYS Supreme Court Candidates

    On Thursday, August 6th, the Monroe County Democratic Committee hosted an outdoor judicial convention (using social distancing guidelines when possible, mask wearing and proper sanitization) and nominated 4 candidates to run for NYS Supreme Court in November’s General Election. The candidates are as follows: 

    1.) Judge Stephen Lindley

    2.) Julie Cianca

    3.) Gino Nitti

    4.) William (Bill) Gargan

    (From Left to Right: Judge Stephen Lindley, Gino Nitti, Julie Cianca and William (Bill) Gargan)

    Congratulations to each of the candidates- now lets get ready for November!

    (Below: the outdoor floor of the Judicial Convention!

  • 2020 Judicial Convention

    This year’s Judicial District Convention in and for the 7th Judicial District will be held on Thursday, August 6th at 6 pm. The Convention will be held at Genesee Valley Park in the Roundhouse Pavilion (1000 E. River Rd. Rochester, NY 14623). 

    Below, please find the official notice from Chairman Jay Jacobs of the New York State Democratic Committee: 

  • Special Meeting Election Results

    With all ballots counted and tallied from the July 25, 2020 MCDC Special Meeting, Jackie Ortiz has been selected as the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s recommended candidate for the position of Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner. 

    With 704 total ballots cast in the July 25th MCDC Special Meeting, the results are as follows: 

    Candidate: Jackie Ortiz

    Voting Weight Received: 27,838.0

    Candidate: Maureen Dauphine

    Voting Weight Received: 3,440.70

    Candidate: Andrá Mitchell-Harlee

    Voting Weight Received: 672.50

  • Join the Bylaws Committee

    Bylaws

    UPDATE: The Committee Is No Longer Accepting Applications

    As requested during the February 20, 2020 (02/20/2020) MCDC Executive Committee meeting, we are sharing with you basic expectations of time and work commitment for volunteers who are current members or wish to join the committee:

    • Meet monthly (or twice a month as needed) at MCDC Headquarters
    • Time Frame: 6 pm – 8 pm (or abbreviated as agreed upon by consensus)
    • Read and become generally familiar with the current document (copies will be available at the 04/15/20 meeting)
    • Be prepared to contribute with discussion, ideas and actions applicable to the committee’s guiding purpose of studying, revising (drafting) and presenting pertinent amendments to our bylaws for consideration before the Executive Committee

    We are now accepting nominations for new members on our Bylaws Committee. Please complete the nomination form provided through the link here or below and submit it by Friday, March 13th in order to be considered. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 15th, 2020.

    Thank you all for your willingness and commitment to continuing serving our party.

    MCDC Bylaws Nomination Form

  • SPECIAL COUNTY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR 136 ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

    County Committee Members:

    We will hold our Special County Committee Meeting for the 136th Assembly District on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 at Laborers’ International Union, 20 4th St, Rochester, NY 14609.

    The meeting will be called to order at 6:00pm and credentialing will begin at 5:30pm for committee members. Please allow yourself enough time to sign in.

    The meeting is being held to elect a representative for the 136th Assembly District special election. If you have any questions about the committee meeting, please contact Austin Wolcott at 585.232.2410.

    PROXY: Please print and complete the form below if you cannot attend the county committee meeting on February 18th. Proxies can be carried by a registered democrat but only one proxy per person.

    136 Special Proxy

  • 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 our Democratic allies in government and activism, we share a vision for the county toward which we made substantial progress.

    Last but far from least, none of this would have been possible without the unstoppable army of volunteers who sacrificed countless hours, and then some, for our incredible candidates across the board.

    This is what democracy looks like. Thank you. 

    I am so proud of ALL of our candidates, the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s (MCDC) largest slate in history, who delivered a powerful message of hope and promise for the future of our region. As Democrats, we all proved that the only way we can make change in Monroe County is by devoting ourselves to the cause as a united front. 

    Again, thank you for standing with Team MCDC. We are looking forward to keeping the momentum going and continuing to make history for Democrats in 2020. 

    Sincerely,

    Brittaney M. Wells

    Chairwoman

  • 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 You Need to Know to Vote.

    Who are the Democrats on the Ballot?

    There are many local races this year, so who’s on your ballot is going to vary depending on where you live. There are many races at the community level as well as at the county level, including County Supervisor. Use the Monroe County Online Voter site to see a sample ballot for your community.

    The Monroe County Board of Elections has a complete list of all candidates running in Monroe County in all parties for any elected office.

    Where can I get Information about the Candidates?

    Most candidates have Web sites where you can learn more about them. Do an Internet search using the candidate’s name to find their Web site.

    In addition, a number of non-partisan groups offer candidate information. Examples are:
    The League of Women Voters – New York state
    The League of Women Voters (Rochester chapter)
    Ballotpedia, an encyclopedia of American politics and elections

  • 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 meeting on August 8th. Proxy’s can be carried by a registered democrat but only one proxy per person.

  • 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 turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

    The community formed groups such as the Gay Liberation Front, Lamda Legal, and Human Rights Campaign, among others, began advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. In addition to formal organization, Stonewall also brought the existence of the LGBTQ+ community into the public’s consciousness.

    In the Greater-Rochester area, the Democrat and Chronicle published a four-part segment on the gay community in 1964—four years before Stonewall. The Rochester Gay Liberation Front facilitated a social event in 1971 to raise awareness about the gay community. The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley formed in 1973, and by 1989, a parade was added to the annual pride activities in Rochester.

    Even though the LGBTQ+ community still faces pervasive challenges today, Stonewall and its aftermath have been the impetus for a number of reforms. For instance, discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community was perfectly legal until 2003 when New York State passed an act prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. In addition, New York State laws also prohibited same-sex relationships until 1980 when the New York State Court of Appeals abolished the law. Gay couples were unable to marry until July 24, 2011 when New York State became one of the first states to enact marriage equality after Gov. Cuomo signed the legislation a month prior.

    While the memory of Stonewall remains a beacon of hope for the LGBTQ+ community, it also speaks to New York State and Monroe County’s commitment to a more equitable society. This June, the LGBTQ+ community celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall—for the watershed moment it was and the civil rights movement it represents. Rochester commemorates the 50th anniversary this week (July 13th- 21st) as we stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community!

  • 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 District. 

    Amy Maloy succeeded in her first campaign to win a seat as commissioner of Rochester City Schools against a broad, diverse field of activists. 

    Hon. Melissa Barrett set herself apart from a strong field of city court candidates to retain her position on the bench. She is joined by Nicole Morris, an experienced and passionate assistant public defender.

    Michael Yudelson, former Henrietta town supervisor, earned the Democratic party designation in his bid for County Legislator for the 13th District, a crucial swing seat currently under Republican control. 

    Joseph Morelle Jr. roundly defeated his opponent in an open primary for the Independence Party line in the 17th county legislature district. 

    John Baynes, lifelong Democrat, has parlayed an ambitious gambit for County Legislator – 18th District, a seat friends of Cheryl Dinolfo has long kept warm for friends, into a one-vote lead in a write-in campaign for the Independence Party line. 

    In a closely watched race for the 21st County Legislative district seat, Rachel Barnhart, former journalist and student of government, claimed victory. 

    Linda Hasman won convincingly in a three-person field in her race for the Democratic designation for County Legislator – 23rd District, assuring herself victory in November’s general election. 

    Long-standing community leader John Lightfoot held off a challenge to his 25th County Legislative seat. 

    Yversha Roman weathered a rough race in the 26th Legislative District and beat an incumbent, the only such feat in Monroe County’s 2019 primaries. Roman moves forward to a key race in our effort to take control of the county legislature. 

    Sabrina LaMar, an anti-gun violence activist and sitting County Legislator for the 27th District, bested her opponent and will retain her seat following November’s uncontested general election. 

    Tom Flaherty’s first entry into electoral politics was an impressive one, as he secured a resounding victory in his race to become the Democratic nominee for Webster Town Supervisor

    Congratulations to the Town Supervisor candidate, Gerry Kusse, and town council candidates in Rush, Chaz Rorick, and Amber Corbin, who upset the nominally endorsed Republicans for the Independence Party line. Their write-in campaign was one of the few successful ones in the entire county—but certainly combined to help the top of the ticket.