Candidates for State Office
Supreme Court Justice, 7th Judicial District
Rochester native Maurice Verrillo was raised in a single-parent, Italian-American family, having lost his father at a young age. His mother instilled values of faith, family, and love of community that he still embraces today. Maurice has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years, including managing his own private practice for the past 18. His areas of practice include criminal, civil, and matrimonial litigation, all of which are addressed in Supreme Court, and he has appeared in every part of Supreme Court as well as Family Court, City Court, the Appellate Division, the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Court. In 2004, Maurice accepted an appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel to represent indigent defendants facing federal offenses. Maurice understands that all litigants are entitled to be treated with civility and respect and will implement rules defining the expectations of the Court’s dealings with defendants and their counsel. Maurice has been married to Sonya since 2003. The couple has two sons and resides in the Town of Perinton, where Maurice is active in his church and the Boy Scouts.
Supreme Court Justice
Rochester native Deral Givens majored in Police Science at Monroe Community College. He is a 25-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department, where he served as police officer, investigator, Investigative Sergeant in the Professional Standards Section, Investigative Sergeant and Lieutenant in the Homicide Unit, Lieutenant commanding the overnight shift in Maple Section, and Commanding Officer of the Field Investigation Unit in the Westside Patrol Division. In 1997, Deral was accepted into law school. After attending SUNY Buffalo during the day and working overnight in the Maple Section, Deral earned his J.D., retired from the police force, and joined the Legal Aid Society of Rochester representing juvenile delinquents, abused children, children in foster care, children in need of supervision, and children caught in custody and visitation issues. Deral is currently the Supervising Attorney for the Attorney for Children program at the Legal Aid Society. In addition to his law degree, Deral holds Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Northeastern Seminar, a Master’s in American History from SUNY Brockport, and is a pastor with “Who Do you Say I Am Ministries,” a non-denominational church.
Supreme Court Justice
Candidates for County Office
Elected Monroe County Sheriff in November 2017, Todd K. Baxter is a 33-year law enforcement veteran. He served three years active duty with the Army as a Military Police Officer and 19 years with the Army Reserve, retiring as Master Sergeant, Brigade Anti-Terrorism and Training Non-commissioned Officer. He served 22 years with the Rochester Police Department, where he commanded five platoons; managed a new facility; was Administrative Aide to three Chiefs in an organization of 893 employees; and was a 19-year member of the SWAT team, completing his assignment as Commander. Tapped to serve as Chief of the Greece Police Department, Todd was praised for his leadership of what was then the most embattled force in the country. In 2014, he became Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center and helped produce financial stability and programs that serve 68,000 veterans and their families. Todd holds an Associate’s in criminal justice from MCC, as well as a Bachelor’s in organizational management and Master’s in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College, where he also teaches. Todd and his wife, Mary, have two sons.
Todd K Baxter
Judge Douglas A. Randall was elected to the County Court Bench in 2011 and currently serves as Supervising Judge for the Special COVID Intervention Part for Town and Village Courts, and as Senior Judge of the County Court. He was appointed Acting Family Court Judge in 2012 and Acting Supreme Court Justice in 2014, and has presided over thousands of civil and criminal matters. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Randall served as a Monroe County Assistant District Attorney for 26 years, including 16 years as Chief of the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit and four years as Chief of the Major Felony Division. He has sat on the boards of the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium, Bivona Child Advocacy Center, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Pittsford Youth Services, and taught at the SUNY Buffalo School of Law. Judge Randall is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Syracuse University College of Law.
Douglas A Randall
County Court Judge
A Rochester native who spent her early years in foster care and the juvenile justice system and became a mother at 17, Judge Caroline Edwards-Morrison has overcome many of the same obstacles as the individuals who appear before her. She has served as a City Court Judge for seven years and an Acting County Court Judge for the last two, hearing misdemeanor and felony cases in the Opioid Stabilization Part. She previously served as Acting Family Court Judge, Assistant District Attorney, and was the first African American female to serve in a supervisory position, as Deputy Bureau Chief of Local Court Bureau, in the DA’s Office. Judge Morrison has volunteered with RCSD, served on the board of Teen Empowerment, and organized the Rochester Black Bar Association’s (RBBA) Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner. She was awarded RBBA’s 2013 Pioneer Award and currently participates in the 7th Judicial District’s J.U.S.T. Law Program. Judge Morrison is married, the mother of three adult sons, and “Nana” to two beautiful granddaughters.
County Court Judge
A Rush native, Julie A. Cianca is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Albany Law School, and one of the most experienced trial attorneys in Monroe County. She has worked with the Public Defender’s Office since 1994, primarily in County Court where she represents individuals charged with violent or high-level drug felonies. She has also served as a supervisor of the Non-Violent Felony Bureau, Parole and Town Courts and has created and administered continuing education courses for attorneys in the office and across the state. Julie has dedicated her life to ensuring that the Constitutional freedoms intended for every citizen are extended without regard to financial means, status, race, gender expression, or sexual orientation. As a Monroe County Court Judge, her respect for the law combined with her empathy and respect for those who appear before her will ensure a courtroom where every citizen can trust that justice will be served.
Julie A Cianca
County Court Judge
Marvin L. Stepherson is a Rochester native, husband, and father of three. A retired veteran from two branches of military service, police sergeant, former Gates-Chili School Board Member, RCSD Career and Technology Educator, and adjunct professor at both Roberts Wesleyan and Monroe Community College, Marvin is an experienced servant-leader and dedicated public servant, as well as a charismatic award-winning independent filmmaker, change agent, and activist.
Marvin L Stepherson
Rochester native Miriam Rivera has lived in Gates with her two children for more than 10 years. She is a small-business owner who has worked in insurance for more than 20 years. “I would feel incredibly humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve and represent the 4th District. I pledge to use the government resources as my guide, and seek your input on issues. The next chapter begins today.”
A lifelong Monroe County resident, Terry Daniele and her husband, Tony, have two adult children and live in Mendon. She has a private practice as an American Sign Language Interpreter, writes a monthly article regarding women in politics for Rochester Women’s Magazine, and has owned and operated several small businesses. She previously worked in a supervisory capacity for BOCES and is an executive committee member for an annual scholarship given in honor of social justice to two graduating students. “It is imperative that we work together as a Legislature to move Monroe County forward to address the issues we face. Fiscal responsibility, investing in our community, keeping us safe, and making sure we have a government that works for all of us not just some of us are all issues I pledge to address.”
Miles W. Cunning is proud to call Greece home. He spent his childhood playing baseball in Badgerow Park and fondly remembers his time at Odyssey. Miles interned with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer while earning his degree in political science from SUNY Geneseo. After graduation, he took a job with the Rochester Red Wings and began working on local campaigns. Miles previously served as an aide to County Executive Adam Bello, and now works for State Senator Jeremy Cooney. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on the New York Mets, trying local restaurants, and joining his girlfriend for puppy walks in Basil Marella Park.
Miles W Cunning
Brian J. Gravelle was raised in the small town of Mexico, N.Y., in a blue collar, union home that valued hard work, compassion, and empathy. He has served in the United States Air Force, volunteered as a wildland firefighter in Texas and for Habitat for Humanity, and currently works with various maternal health organizations. “Service before self is a motto I live by as I strive to make my community stronger. I am a widowed parent of twin three-year-old boys and know what it’s like to watch the government fail to provide for its community. I am running for County Legislature to ensure we don’t fail others the same way.”
Brian J Gravelle
As a resident of Webster for over a decade and a mother of two, Megan K. Thompson feels the urgency around creating long-term solutions for future generations. With an extensive background in business, engineering, and team and project management, Megan has the drive and know-how to be an instrumental leader. She gives back to the community she loves through her volunteer work with the Girl Scouts and other non-profit organizations. “Monroe County needs forward-thinking, transparent leadership. I will prioritize solutions that work for Monroe County and Webster.”
Megan K Thompson
Mary Eileen Callan is a Family Nurse Practitioner, married to Joe, and mother of four grown children. She has lived in Penfield for 32 years and been an active volunteer for Shepherd Home (Penfield’s comfort care home), Meals on Wheels, the Save the Shadow Pines core committee, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and as a vaccinator during the pandemic. “I look forward to serving Penfield in the County Legislature. We need to work together to face the challenges of racial equity, environmental crises, mental health and addiction, education, jobs, infrastructure, criminal justice, and health care.”
Mary Eileen Callan
Incumbent Howard S. Maffucci has dedicated his professional career to investing in our children and our community as both an educator and school administrator, and as a Monroe County Legislator for the past three years. “It has been my honor to serve in the Monroe County Legislature, and to always be focused on ensuring residents understand what Monroe County does, who pays for it, and why it is essential to care. If re-elected, I will continue to stress a transparent, informative, and responsive government. I will continue my open-door policy to adequately serve as an advocate who understands the community’s needs and can deliver practical results.”
Howard S Maffucci
Joshua I. Foladare is a native of Amherst and he and his wife, Rachel, are raising two children in Perinton. Josh earned an undergraduate degree from Boston University and an Ed.M. from the University at Buffalo. He worked as a special education teacher and in educational fundraising before beginning his current role in commercial real estate. Josh serves as a board or committee member for ROCovery Fitness, Willow Domestic Violence Center, Fairport-Perinton Partnership, and the Seneca Park Zoo Society. “I believe local government works best when it is transparent, purposeful, and strategic. We need more of all three in Monroe County. I grew up in a house that understood the values of hard work and sacrifice for others and learned from an early age that a quality education, a compassionate and committed community, and equal access to opportunity are the only way forward—and I believe Monroe County is ready to move forward.”
Joshua I Foladare
William F. Wu has a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Now retired, he has been a small-business owner working in display marketing, and also worked in both accounting and engineering. He was also an adjunct instructor in General Electric’s apprentice training program and at the Groveland Correctional Facility through Medaille College. William first became active in politics when then-President Reagan announced, within his first six months in office, that he was cutting social services, and he also advocates for improved services for veterans and people with different abilities. If elected to be the first Democrat to serve District 12, he pledges to fight to meet the needs of all residents.
William F Wu
Michael B. Yudelson is the incumbent County Legislator for District 13, and Executive Director at Temple B’rith Kodesh. He previously served as Henrietta Town Supervisor, Executive Director at Threshold Youth Services, Director of Operations at the Center for Youth, as Director of the Henrietta Recreation Department, and on the Henrietta Town Board. Michael cofounded the Henrietta Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and has served as a Cabinet Member for the United Way, on the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce Board, and on the Rush-Henrietta Diversity Council. He has been recognized with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, the Henrietta Distinguished Citizen Award, as Rush-Henrietta School District Volunteer of the Year, and as Citizen of the Year by the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce.
Michael B Yudelson
Susan K. Hughes-Smith grew up in New York City and Westchester County, where she saw the stark racial and economic inequities embedded in American society first-hand, and watched as green space disappeared around her. As a teen, Sue endured a health struggle that led to her desire to ensure everyone equal access to healthcare and solidified her commitment to service. She moved to Brighton in 2006, where her five kids have thrived, her husband teaches, and she is an environmental activist, business owner, and adjunct professor of Environmental Health and Environmental Studies at two colleges. Sue cofounded the Climate Solution Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region and a small business that facilitates renewable energy programs in 10 municipalities, was instrumental in creating a County Climate Action Plan, and serves as Vice-Cchair on the Monroe County Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee. As a County Legislator, Sue will prioritize economic, racial, and environmental justice.
Susan K Hughes-Smith
Sasha M. DiMaria has spent her 20-year social work career tirelessly advocating for children and families and, through her experience in foster care, adoption, and working alongside Child Protective Services, she understands the complexity of the County administration. Having seen first-hand how essential they are, Sasha is a proponent of early intervention services and, as a County Legislator, will advocate for increasing early intervention evaluations and eliminating barriers for families seeking services. Sasha sees the challenges the community has faced for years, including demand for mental health services, lack of access to health care, housing instability, and food insecurity, and recognizes the barriers they create to employment, education, and quality of life. Once elected she will use her career in public service to advocate for families and seek solutions that are right for all residents.
Sasha M DiMaria
Dave and his wife, Lindsey, have lived in Irondequoit, where they are raising their three children, for 15 years. As Past-President of the West Irondequoit Central School District’s Board of Education, Dave oversaw the safe delivery of services during the pandemic and collaborated with colleagues to form policy, create new programs, and adhere to responsible budgets. That role showed him how devastating COVID-19 was with regard to the economy and mental health. Issues like systemic racism, access to healthcare, and economic disparity were brought to the forefront, and Dave pledges to bring strong and community-minded leadership to help ensure essential services are provided where and when needed. As an operations and finance leader for a 100+ person and $20M department at UR Medicine, Dave regularly makes difficult decisions considering performance expectations and budgetary limitations. His entrepreneurial approach has garnered success and he would do the same for constituents as a member of the Monroe County Legislature.
Maria Vecchio and her family have called Irondequoit home for over two decades. Her interest in public affairs was sparked a decade ago, when she began volunteering on campaigns (as a testament to her work ethic, she earned the title of MCDC Volunteer of the Year twice). She has served as Director of Administration and Assistant to the Irondequoit Town Supervisor since 2016, helping coordinate the response to the 2017 windstorm, managing monthly pandemic food distributions, assisting in department-level budget development, overseeing the Town Clerk’s office, and negotiating union contracts. A graduate of Nazareth College, Maria previously worked for then-Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and has volunteered for Special Olympics, AutismUp, and School of the Holy Childhood. Maria’s professional experience has reinforced her firm belief that government works for the people and not the other way around.
Incumbent John B. Baynes is devoted to family, education, and community. He grew up in East Rochester, earned a B.A. in English from the University of Rochester, and he and his wife raised three children in Palmyra, where he served as Village Justice from 1982–1992. John began his career as an English teacher at Aquinas Institute in 1976 while earning his M.Ed. from SUNY Geneseo. In 1978, he joined the faculty at Fairport High, where he taught for 39 years. His deep relationship with Fairport students, staff, and families is his greatest point of pride outside of his family. After a cancer diagnosis and treatment, John retired from FHS but found a new home at Our Lady of Mercy, where he continues to work with young people and share the joy of writing, reading, and speaking. He is currently enjoying his 45th year as an English teacher.
John B Baynes
Sherita S. Traywick is a mother, wife, pastor, educator, elected member of the Greece Central School Board, and community leader. “I am running for the Monroe County Legislature because I believe we need strong leadership to help us rebuild from the pandemic. I am committed to re-opening our schools equitably and safely, improving access to healthcare, and investing in growing our economy through job development and relief for small businesses.”
Sherita S Traywick
Jaime J. Erskine-Pettit grew up in Greece and has lived in Spencerport since 2010. She has been married to Army veteran Brian Pettit for 18 years; they have four biological children and adopted twins. Jaime earned her Bachelor’s from Daemen College and her Master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. She is a certified Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner for Monroe County and a Physician’s Assistant in the Chemical Dependency and Behavioral Health Unit at Unity Hospital. In 2012, Brian and Jaime suffered the loss of their four-year-old son in an accident, leading Jaime and her sister to found Dreams from Drake, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children and teens process the grief associated with the death of a loved one. Jaime also coaches her children’s sports teams, volunteers in their classrooms, and seeks opportunities to donate her time and effort to others in need to improve the community at large.
Jaime J Erskine-Pettit
Incumbent Rachel A. Barnhart represents the 21st District on the Monroe County Legislature. She is a Rochester native and graduate of John Marshall High School, received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and earned her Executive Master’s in public administration from Syracuse University. Rachel is a long-time advocate for bridging the digital divide and serves on the Monroe County Advisory Task Force on Broadband. As a Legislator, she obtained grant funding for small, family-owned businesses during the pandemic; protected restaurants from the high delivery fees charged by phone apps; and secured free calls for people in custody at the jail, which are a financial burden to families. Rachel is a tireless worker for her constituents and is always available by phone, emai,l or text.
Rachel A Barnhart
Mercedes Vazquez Simmons is a Rochester native, public-school graduate, mother, community leader, local business owner, and proud Democrat whose insight and culture provide the perspective to be an effective leader as the community faces crises in poverty, violence, infrastructure failure, and racial and social division. Mercedes grew up in a single parent household in an impoverished neighborhood, raised by a community and civil-rights activist who instilled the values of volunteerism, higher education, hard work, and dedication. She brings her experience from 40 years of community service and advocacy, 30 years of middle and upper management in the private sector, and 10 years as a local business owner with an international presence. Mercedes has represented Rochester in goodwill missions to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Vieques, and the Bahamas. “It would be an honor and privilege to put my skills, experience, energy, and commitment to work for real results for the residents of District 22. Together this is a fight we can win.”
Mercedes V Simmons
Incumbent Linda M. Hasman has a B.A. in psychology from SUNY Oswego, an M.S. in library and information science from Catholic University, and is working on a Master’s in public health at the U of R. She has worked in public and government relations in Washington, D.C. with a focus on healthcare and with local, state, and federal policy makers on drowsy driving prevention legislation. She also worked at the NIH Clinical Research Library where she saw firsthand how the government can improve the lives of its citizens by funding medical research. Linda works at the University of Rochester and has been involved in research teams, patient care teams, community health projects, and helping patients and families access quality, reliable health information. An Oswego native, Linda, her husband, Tom, and their two children moved to Rochester in 2006, where she is active on the board of the ABC Streets Neighborhood Association.
Linda M Hasman
A 15-year Rochester resident, Albert A. Blankley has spent the last decade fighting to build a better community with people and organizations who believe sound policy is the cornerstone of a brighter future—a philosophy he plans to bring to government. Albert earned a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in science, technology, and public policy from RIT; married his college sweetheart; works at Common Ground Health; and is raising two children near Highland Park. “Having served the community professionally for nearly a decade, I want to work directly for the people. My belief in integrity, equity, and justice for all makes me the perfect person to serve at this unprecedented time. The most important contribution I can make is to heed the call of public service and fight for the values of Rochester and Brighton. I’m running for Monroe County Legislature because I believe in the promise and potential of this district and the people who call it home.”
Albert A Blankley
Carolyn D. Hoffman is the CEO of a holistic consulting practice, where she is a strategist and organizer for social movement campaigns. A resident of the Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood, some of her work and service include the Police Accountability Board Alliance, Flower City Noire Collective, and the Monroe County Democratic Committee. She is a WomenElect graduate and has also worked as an EMT, a youth and child education professional, and a care professional for adults and children with disabilities.
Carolyn D Hoffman
Yversha M. Roman is the incumbent Monroe County Legislator for the 26th District and Minority Leader of the Democratic Caucus. Born in Puerto Rico, she moved to Rochester at age four, was raised by a single mother, graduated from Nazareth College, and has been a lifelong public servant. She started a youth group at St. Michael’s Church alongside Father Tracey; worked in HIV/AIDS education and prevention at Action for a Better Community; assisted needy children and families at the Center for Youth Services; was Senior Relationship Manager and Latino Leadership Development Coordinator for the United Way of Greater Rochester, providing critical funding to 70+ programs and impacting 30,000+ residents countywide; and is the director of the Empire Justice Center’s Creating Assets, Savings & Hope (CASH) office. In the Legislature, Yversha led or supported the Monroe County Language Access Plan, the County’s Emergency Rent Assistance Program, and proposed legislation to provide financial relief to restaurants by capping third-party delivery-service fees and to use CARES Act funding for grants to women and minority-owned businesses.
Yversha M Roman
Incumbent Sabrina A LaMar represents the 27th District in the Monroe County Legislature and serves on the Public Safety and Human Services committees. She is an advocate for development without displacement and her vision is that residents become beneficiaries of their community’s economic growth. Sabrina works as Project Coordinator for the Community Engagement to Reduce Victimization project at RIT’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives in the Criminal Justice Department; chairs the Education Committee of the ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition;, and is Assistant Director of an all-volunteer organization, Rise UP Rochester, whose mission is to establish and maintain a non-violent culture while providing support to families of homicide victims. As a graduate of Rochester Business Institute and an accountant for 20 years, she also brings sound budget accountability to the Legislature. Sabrina is a Rochester native and a member of the 19th Ward Association, Baber AME Church, the Black Excellence/Juneteenth Planning Committee, and Roc The Peace. She has two children and one grandson, and lives in the 19th Ward.
Sabrina A Lamar
Ricky G. Frazier is a Rochester native who resides in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood. He is a minister at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church, where he teaches the importance of family and community; Volunteer Coordinator for the Rochester City School District, where he is responsible for connecting individuals and organizations with RCSD students; a board member for Cameron Community Ministries and the Jordan Health Foundation; and a volunteer with the Gateways Music Festival. Ricky is a compassionate leader who values partnership and collaboration. “The Monroe County Legislature has failed our community and that’s why I decided to step up and fight for equity and justice. This is not a new fight for me and I’m running for County Legislature in the 28th District to be a voice for OUR community. I pledge to fight for racial justice, health equity, and living-wage jobs.”
Ricky G Frazier
William T. Burgess grew up on Rochester’s East side. His father worked as an RTS bus driver and a machine specialist at Kodak, his mother was a quality control specialist at Xerox and RCSD teaching assistant, and together they taught William the value of working hard to provide a comfortable lifestyle in a warm, inviting, diverse neighborhood. Growing up, William enjoyed Little League, caring neighbors, recreation centers, and a quality public education. He studied psychology and sociology at Buffalo State and SUNY Brockport, and has worked as a social worker with at-risk youth for 25 years. That work has allowed him to do what he truly loves: connect with young people; provide them with opportunities like those he had; and help them become positive, successful, contributing members of society. “I come to you as a humble public servant asking for your vote and support in the election on November 2.”
William T Burgess
Candidates for City Office
A member of City Council since 2017, Malik D. Evans has a long record of community involvement and leadership, which began when he was a high-school student and initiated the City-County Youth Council to get young people involved in community service. Malik has served on the Rochester Board of Education, as Board of Education President, and as Legislative Aide to Rochester City Council. His motto in public service is simple: “We can find solutions to our most pressing challenges by focusing on finding common ground.” Malik has a career in finance, working to ensure that individuals have the knowledge and tools to build stronger financial futures. He sits on the Charitable Distributions Committee at the Rochester Area Community Foundation and is on the boards of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, PathStone Enterprise Center, RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, and Wilmot Cancer Institute. Malik is a graduate of the University of Rochester, has an M.S. in management from Nazareth College, and is married with young sons who serve as daily reminders that we must create a brighter future for the coming generation.
Malik D Evans
Mayor of Rochester
Incumbent Willie Joe Lightfoot is a Rochester native. Married for 24 years, he is the father of four and grandfather of three, an Air Force veteran, retired fireman, former Monroe County Legislator, and current Vice President of Rochester City Council and Council Member-at-Large. He also proudly serves as the MCDC’s Leader of the 25th Legislative District. Willie has served as Head Chair of the Rochester Public Safety Committee, Commissioner of the Rochester and Monroe County Racial and Structural Equity Commission (RASE), and on the Business Development Committee. He is a NYS licensed Barber and Barber Examiner, President and Founder of the United Professional Barbers and Cosmetologists Association, entrepreneur, and developer and owner of Lightfoot Square, a multipurpose space where he owns and operates New Creations Barbers Unisex Shop. Willie also founded the annual Cut the Violence free haircut event and the Roc Against Gun Violence Coalition, and serves as the Pastor of Prayer House Church of God By Faith.
Willie J Lightfoot
City Council at Large
Stanley Martin is a community organizer committed to collaboration and stepping into collective action. She has worked as a Mental Health Counselor for people incarcerated at the Monroe County jail and Director at a NY State Office of Addiction Services and Supports Recovery Community Center, and is a cofounder of Free the People Roc, an abolitionist civil rights organization working to change carceral laws and improve the material conditions of residents across the city. These experiences have granted Stanley deep understanding of root causes of the generational struggles that plague our community and how to respond with a people-centered, community-driven approach.
City Council at Large
Mitch Gruber is an incumbent Rochester City Councilmember who lives in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood with his wife and son. He is the Chief Partnerships and Strategy Officer at Foodlink, the regional food bank, where he works to ensure that all residents in our community have access to quality, nutritious, affordable food. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester, where he studied the history of food retail in urban America.
City Council at Large
Kim Smith is a lifelong Rochester resident and organizer for VOCAL-NY (Voices Of Community Activists and Leaders), building power among marginalized communities to create change. Kim previously worked at the Monroe County Department of Public Health for 25 years, improving access to care. She earned her Master’s in public administration from SUNY Brockport and is Co-Founder and Board Chair of Partners Advocating for Community Change. “Through generations, my family’s core values have been hard work, education, and service. My family is not alone. We all want to reach for something greater. Yet many of us hit a glass ceiling in our personal and economic growth. And when we do, we realize we need resources and equitable policies to advance. That’s why I’m running for City Council. Individuals, families, and communities deserve a champion who knows how to fight for policies that will shatter that ceiling and create opportunities to thrive for ALL!!!”
City Council at Large
Rochester native Miguel A. Meléndez, Jr. has deep experience in grassroots organizing and a proven ability to work collaboratively to improve the built environment, safety, access to food, neighborhood play, and other essential health-supporting activities. He is the Chief Community Engagement Officer at Ibero-American Action League, where he improves planning efforts, creates partnerships, enhances case management services, and supports residents in their quests to improve quality of life in their neighborhoods. He has also led various efforts on behalf of Ibero-American Development Corporation including Project HOPE, Project CLEAN, the El Camino Revitalization Area Charrette and Vision plan, the La Marketa at the International Plaza project, upgrades to Don Samuel Torres Park, and the Pueblo Nuevo housing project. An East High graduate, Miguel earned his Bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in philosophy from St. John Fisher College. He is a husband, father of three, and a proud Northeast Rochester resident.
Miguel A Meléndez, Jr.
City Council at Large
James L. Patterson, Sr. has lived in Rochester since 1985. He earned his Associate’s in criminal justice from Niagara County Community College, Bachelor’s in criminal justice from RIT, and Master’s in Education from SUNY Buffalo. James was the first black law enforcement officer in Niagara County, and spent the remainder of his 27-year law-enforcement career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and NY State Police. James has taught at BOCES, RCSD, Nativity Preparatory Academy, and is currently at SUNY Brockport. James served as an advisor in MCC’s Doorway to Success Program, providing academic support and guidance to Black and Latino males; is the former Executive Director of Rochester Youth for Christ where he mentored city youth; and serves on the Mayor’s Board of Ethics Committee, the Commission on Racial and Structural Equality, and the United Christian Leadership Ministry Police Reform Proposals Committee. He is married with two daughters from his first marriage. His only son passed away unexpectedly in 2014.
James L Patterson
Commissioner of Schools
A Board of Education member for 14 years, Cynthia A. Elliott is Board Vice President and Chair of the Equity in Student Achievement and Human Resources committees. She has a passion for moving Rochester’s economically and socially disadvantaged children and families to self-sufficiency by working toward 100% of students graduating career- and college-ready. Cynthia has spent decades as an activist, beginning her career at 19 at FIGHT, where she worked on voter registration, political campaigns, and advocacy. She has worked in various community-based organizations providing services in education, basic needs, healthcare, and substance abuse. Cynthia earned an Associate’s in liberal arts at MCC, a Bachelor’s in business management from St. John Fisher, a Master’s in public administration from SUNY Brockport, a Master’s in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University, and is completing her dissertation in African American Political Leadership and Its Impact on Rochester’s Poor at Fielding. She has lived in Rochester for 50 years.
Cynthia A Elliott
Commissioner of Schools
Camille A. Simmons is a Rochester native and graduate of the Rochester City School District. She is also the proud parent of an RCSD graduate and a long-time youth advocate, who has dedicated over a decade of her career to the social and academic priorities of Rochester’s youth population. Camille’s combined education, personal experience, and professional experience in youth-centered education programming will serve as a compass in her role. Her Five-Point platform focuses on collective voice, graduation ready, high-quality and supported instruction, school resources, and equity.
Camille A Simmons
Commissioner of Schools
Candidates for Town Office
Town of Brighton
William W. Moehle has served as Brighton Town Supervisor since 2012. Previously, Bill served for over 18 years as Attorney to the Town of Brighton, representing the Town in matters concerning all aspects of government. Bill is the 2nd Vice President of the New York State Association of Towns, a member of the Monroe County Council of Governments, and serves on the board of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. He is also past President of the Monroe County Supervisors Association, past President of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Brighton Rotary Club and past Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7120, past Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter, and a past trustee of the Landmark Society of Western New York. Bill holds a B.A., cum laude, from Williams College and a J.D. from New York University Law School. He is married to Barbara Moehle and they have three adult daughters.
William W Moehle
Incumbent Daniel Aman has been a Brighton resident for over 20 years and has served the community as Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes since 2012. He is a proud graduate of Syracuse University, earning a Bachelor’s in Geography and International Relations. Prior to serving as Town Clerk, Dan spent 10 years working in Information Technology, focusing on client relations. He has put this experience to work at Town Hall, expanding online service offerings and moving both records and processes to the digital world. Dan has earned the Registered Municipal Clerk certification from the New York State Town Clerks Association and is currently working on the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. He is a graduate of the Brighton Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy, has served on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Rochester, and currently serves as Vice President of the Monroe County Tax Receivers and Collectors Association, having been elected by his peers.
Daniel E Aman
Robin R. Wilt is a licensed real estate professional and Principal/Owner of a local brokerage firm. In 2018, she became the second African American ever elected to Brighton Town Council, where she chairs the Community Services Committee, is co-Chair of the Finance and Administrative Services Committee, and serves as liaison for the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Advisory Board and Sustainability Oversight Committee. Robin’s entrée into politics was as cofounder of the Genesee Valley chapter of Progressive Democrats of America. She is a founding Board Member of the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Club, serves on the boards of the Racial Justice Initiative of Citizen Action NY and Local Progress NY, and is active in the Rochester Chapter of National Organization for Women, the Brighton PTSA, the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, the Brighton Believes Council, and SUNY Brockport’s Institute for Poverty Studies and Economic Development. Robin studied government at Dartmouth and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She and husband Nicholas have three sons.
Robin R Wilt
Christine E. Corrado grew up in suburban Rochester, earned her degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, taught Spanish in Wisconsin public schools, and returned to the area in 1995. For two decades, she worked in development and alumni relations at the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, and RIT. In 2007, Christine moved to Brighton with her husband and infant daughter and served as president of her neighborhood association, on the Brighton Zoning Board of Appeals and the town’s Envision Brighton 2028 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, as Secretary of the Brighton Democratic Committee, as Founding Administrator for a Buy Nothing Project group, and founded Brighton Safe Streets for All. In 2018, she was appointed to the late Jim Vogel’s seat on the Town Board and ran to retain that seat in 2019. As Councilmember, she serves as chair of the Public Safety Committee, co-chair of the Community Services Committee, and liaison to the Conservation Board.
Christine E Corrado
Town of Chili
Chelsea M. O’Brien has lived most of her life in Western New York and purchased a home in Chili with her husband in 2016. She has worked in post-secondary education for 10 years, serving a variety of people including low-income and returning adult students. Chelsea has a working-class background and understands living hand-to-mouth as she continues to pay off loans from putting herself through college. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2008, in the midst of the first recession, and began graduate school at the University of Rochester the following January. While pursuing her degree she also worked at multiple restaurants to make ends meet and, even after beginning her career at Rochester Institute of Technology, sporadically worked part-time when things became complicated financially. In her spare time, Chelsea cooks, bakes, gardens, and walks her chocolate labrador, Washington. If elected Chili Town Supervisor she pledges transparency, representation, and honesty to help residents understand what’s happening in their town.
Chelsea M O’Brien
Gavin J. Barry is a Rochester native, public school teacher, husband to a public school teacher, and father of three children ages 4–12. He earned his B.A. in economics from SUNY Geneseo and his M.S. in education at SUNY Brockport. “Public service has been central to my career as an educator and I look forward to extending that spirit of service to the Chili Town Board, to help sustain and improve the quality of life for all members of the Chili Community.”
Gavin J Barry
Gwendolyn J. Clifton works as a Rights Advocate at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office, is an active member of the Public Employees Federation (PEF), and Regional Coordinator for the PEF Upstate Black Caucus. Gwendolyn also volunteers as Membership Vice President at the American Association of University Women (AAUW), where she advocates for equity and education for women and girls, and was honored with the 2018 AAUW New York State Emerging Leader Award. “I always wanted to run for office, and the timing was right when the town supervisor began asking town employees to opt out of the union. I had a problem with that as I understand the importance of having a union to back you, protect you, bargain for fair wages, and provide so many benefits. We cannot depend on management to ensure our family security.”
Gwendolyn J Clifton
Town of Clarkson
William C. Fine is a combat Vietnam veteran who defended the honor of this country, when it wasn’t popular, in one of the military’s most difficult and dangerous occupations. He advanced to the rank of E4 (specialist) after just six months as a result of his leadership skills in a team setting, and earned a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantryman Badge, two Bronze Stars with V Device for Valor under Ccombat Situation, and other chest heroism awards. After Vietnam, Bill became a Registered Nurse working the night shift on a surgical orthopedics floor, ultimately advancing to team leader. “I am running for supervisor to create an open, honest government. As a combat soldier, I learned the value of teamwork, respect, and communication to achieve results. Working as a team, we can expand Clarkson’s tax base and give tax breaks to citizens. We can both maintain the town’s rural feel and achieve sustainable growth.”
William C Fine
Sheldon A. Meyers and his wife, Sara, have lived in Clarkson, where they are raising two dauthers, for 28 years. Sheldon previously served on the Town Council from 2008-2011, when he was the only fiscally prudent member who voted against raising taxes. Sheldon understands the needs of small-town residents: safety (he voted in support of the Brockport Volunteer Fire Department), protecting the rural landscape, supporting local small businesses, providing quality public services like water projects and plowing, and transparent and accountable governance. Sheldon has served on the Town Council’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, completed three courses offered by Monroe County on government planning and processes, wrote and was awarded a $14,000 grant to fund the Clarkson Academy restoration as a member of the Clarkson Historical Society, and is a founder and original organizer of the Clarkson Classic 5K benefiting the Historical Society. He earned his B.S. in business administration and Master’s In public administration from SUNY Brockport.
Sheldon A Meyers
Town of Gates
A social worker and involved citizen, Theresa E. May wants to break the cycle of all elected officials on the Gates Town Council being male Republicans making decisions that concern women, children, seniors, and minorities. If elected, her top priorities are to keep the Town of Gates safe and affordable, improve neighborhoods, and enhance quality of life for all residents. “I believe that good Government can only happen when our public officials are committed to respecting diversity to serve and advocate for all of the residents in our town. After 100 years of women being able to vote, women have not arrived. There have only been four Councilwomen since 1813. Women deserve to have their voices heard.”
Theresa E May
Town of Greece
Lifelong Greece resident James F. Leary, Jr is retired from a 29-year career with the Greece Police Department, preceded by eight years at Eastman Kodak. Jim is especially proud of being the department’s Community Services Officer and working with groups within or visiting the Town of Greece to understand their challenges and make life in Greece better for all. Jim has also served on the Greece Youth Board, Greece Traffic Advisory Committee, Lake Shore Fire Department and its Board of Directors, Greece Volunteer Ambulance, Greece Special Police, Greece Police Athletic League Board of Directors, and Greece Girls Soccer Board of Directors (Past President). Jim was happily married for 22 years until his wife’s passing of uterine cancer in 2013, and he has remained active in advocating for reducing needless cancer-related deaths. He and his wife raised two daughters who also still live in Greece.
James F Leary, Jr
Bridget A. O’Toole is an experienced civil litigator and partner at The Zoghlin Group, PLLC, located in historic high falls. She has appeared on behalf of clients before courts from small village and town justice courts all of the way up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She pledges to share her commitment to the due process of law with the Greece community.
Bridget A O’Toole
Greece native Louis J. Buduson, Jr is retired from a 23-year career with the Town of Greece Police Department. While an officer, Lou frequently appeared in court, and knows how smoothly a town court can and should function. Lou also worked as a School Resource Officer, teaching Constitutional Law to high school students, and as a Pre-Trial Services Case Manager, providing alternatives to cash bail to enrolled participants and monitoring addiction and mental health programs. As a Town Justice, Lou will decide cases fairly and impartially, free of political influence or intimidation, and based solely on the law. He will also ensure that victims’ rights are protected to the fullest extent the law allows. Lou believes in giving back to the community and participates in numerous charitable events, one of his favorites being the Shop with a Cop program that raises money for cops to take less fortunate kids Christmas shopping. Lou and his wife Donna reside in Greece with their children.
Louis J Buduson, Jr
Micki McCramer-Wojdylo earned her B.S. in health education and nursing from Elmira College and the University of Vermont, and an A.D. in paralegal studies from Carteret Community College. She retired after 40 years as a Registered Nurse specializing in operating room, post-surgical, and surgical intensive care, and also worked as Assistant to the Director of Nursing at Harborview Nursing and Rehab Center in Morehead City, N.C. Micki’s second career as a paralegal led to her working for an attorney specializing in medical malpractice defense and at a practice focused on family and criminal defense. She now works as a rental agent. Micki’s experience working with people during difficult times will make her an empathetic and fair Town Justice. She is also active in the Greece Democratic Committee, at Mother of Sorrows Church, and on the Gardens at Town Center Resident Council.
Karen A Bovenzi
Rumella T. Cameron is running to be the voice of the community to call on officials to act. She will work to create a government that will welcome voter participation and listen to constituents. Rumella has lived in Greece for over 12 years, and has served on the Greece Demcratic Committee to get local candidates elected to office. She successfully recreated the GDC after getting elected as leader in January 2018, after running for Greece Town Board in 2017. Rumella had made a name for herself within the community by addressing systemic issues within local government and raising public awareness around those issues. She believes it is important and a fundamental American right for the people of Greece to have access to their government. “Government is for the people and we need true representation that will reflect that.”
Rumella T Cameron
Town Council Ward 1
Jenna N. Curcio is running to bring about real change for working people in the Town of Greece. “My passion for social justice has inspired me to develop policy ideas that will address key issues related to racial justice, economic equality, and environmental issues specific to our local community.”
Jenna N Curcio
Town Council Ward 2
Lifelong Greece resident Scott M. Farina served the community for 25 years as a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy, retiring as a Corporal in September 2018. He also served as Union Vice President for the Monroe County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and, following retirement, was hired by the Town of Greece as a Special Patrol Officer working in Greece Town Court. Scott now works for Renewal by Andersen as a Service Manager. He is a father of three and resides in Greece with his daughter, Samantha. He also has two grandchildren.
Scott M Farina
Town Council Ward 3
Greece native Jessica Z. Vacchetto believes residents deserve a choice and a voice; someone to listen to their concerns and challenge the status quo. Jessica is an English as a New Language teacher for East Rochester Union Free School District. She has an M.S.Ed. in TESOL from Nazareth college and a B.S. in architecture from Ohio State University. The daughter of a mason and a teacher, Jessica knows that Greece is full of good people trying to make ends meet. She believes all citizens should be represented in town government and that people on both sides of the aisle want to live in affordable, healthy, vibrant, and safe communities. She pledges to make Greece a home for all. Jessica and her husband Brad, have 3 children.
Jessica J Vacchetto
Town Council Ward 4
Town of Hamlin
A mom first and foremost, Elizabeth A. Maxwell is a champion for children and advocate for early intervention funding and programming needs. She is a member of the Monroe County Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council, supports social justice initiatives as well as increased funding for education, and actively participates in regular meetings with the Monroe County Legislature and with state elected officials. “It Is my desire to work for all people regardless of party affiliation.”
Elizabeth A Maxwell
Town of Henrietta
A resident of Henrietta since 1980, Stephen L. Schultz has been Town Supervisor since 2017. Prior to becoming Supervisor, Steve was the cofounder of Pictometry International, growing it from one employee (himself) to over 350 employees. Steve sold the company and retired to spend time with his wife and two then-young sons. However, after seeing the issues coming from Henrietta Town Hall, Steve stepped up to serve the residents of Henrietta in the role of Supervisor..
Stephen L Schultz
Robert Barley, Jr. is a Registered Financial Advisor and Owner of Barley Financial Services in Henrietta, where he has lived since 1989. Rob was elected to Town Council in 2017 and currently serves as liaison to the Town of Henrietta Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals. Rob enjoys serving the residents of Henrietta, believes in fighting for social justice, and, as a member of both the Henrietta Church of the First Born and the Elks Lodge #24, is very community focused. He is married to his college sweetheart, Pam, and they have raised four wonderful children.
Robert Barley, Jr.
Rochester native and Edison Tech graduate Michael J. Stafford is married with two sons. He worked in the printing industry for 23 years before being elected President of the Graphics Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamster Local 503M in 2003. An incumbent, Michael was elected to the Henrietta Town Board in 2017, and currently serves as Liaison to Henrietta’s Park and Recreation Board and Fire District. Michael also serves as a Vice Chairman on the United Way Community Service Committee, on the Executive Board for the Rochester and Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, as a volunteer for Rush Henrietta Athletic Association Baseball, and with the Rochester AFL-CIO, which named him Working Families Advocate of the Year in 2017. He has also served on Shepard Home Board of Directors.
Michael J Stafford
Town of Irondequoit
Joseph D. Morelle, Jr currently serves as a Monroe County Legislator representing Legislative District 17, which comprises the Southern half of Irondequoit. He also serves as Vice President of Student Housing for Wilmorite, Inc. and has been a longtime volunteer with the Al Sigl Community of Agencies, where he served on the Board of Governors. In his eight years in the County Legislature, Joe has been a strong advocate for economic development, improved infrastructure, and fiscal responsibility—priorities he will continue to champion at Town Hall. Joe was born and raised in Irondequoit and continues to reside just a few blocks from where he grew up, along with his wife, Nicole, step-daughter, and son.
Joseph D Morelle, Jr
Joseph J. Valentino currently serves as a Justice for the Irondequoit Town Court, a position he has held for the last 11 years. Judge Valentino also has worked as a law clerk for several judges in Supreme, County, and City courts in the Seventh Judicial District for the past 21 years, and currently works as a law clerk to the Hon. Douglas A. Randall in Monroe County Court. Judge Valentino is proud to have raised his three children in Irondequoit with his wife, Sheila, and when he is not working in court, you can find him on the sidelines coaching soccer in Irondequoit.
Joseph J Valentino
After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology, Jennifer Whitman DeVoe earned her J.D. from Albany Law School in 1988. She served as a Special Assistant District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County for 20 years, prosecuting crimes from misdemeanors to major felony cases. She was also Bureau Chief of the Economic Crime and County Court Bureaus. In addition, Jennifer has served as a law clerk in both Rochester City Court and Monroe County Court, and most recently served as Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor for the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Jennifer has been a proud Irondequoit resident for over 30 years.
Jennifer W DeVoe
Kimie Romeo has lived in Irondequoit since 1984 and has served as a Town Councilwoman since 2018. Once re-elected, Kimie will continue her work on issues important to town residents: investing in infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks, and parks; providing Irondequoit police with the resources they need to project the community; encouraging residents to take an active role in local decision making and where their tax dollars are invested; connecting residents through the growth of neighborhood associations and opportunities for civic engagement; and building a sustainable future for the Town of Irondequoit and its residents. Kimie is Broker/Owner of Romeo Realty Group, Inc. and an adjunct professor at RIT, has given 10 years of service on Irondequoit’s Conservation and Planning boards, and served as district budget advisor for the PTA, coach and commissioner for Irondequoit Athletic Association, and on several community boards and organizations.
Peter Wehner has served on the Irondequoit Town Council for the last 4 1/2 years. An architect, college professor, husband to Lynanne, and father, Pete is a strong advocate for all things Irondequoit. He also serves as Executive Committee Vice President of Government Advocacy for the American Institute of Architects New York State chapter, a 9,500-member service organization. “My goals for this next term are to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything we do in Irondequoit Town governance. I want to continue bringing value to our taxpayers by investing in infrastructure, public spaces, and the many things that make Irondequoit great. Our tree-lined streets, access to the water, the Community Center and Farmers Market, our soon to be developed Town Hall “BackYard,” and similar investments are the types of endeavors I am committed to.”
Peter R Wehner
Town of Mendon
Jeffery F. Klein, his wife, Alyssa, and their three children have lived in Mendon since 2009. Jeff served in the Navy and Navy Reserves for over 20 years. He retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol, where he taught the DARE program, was on the Sheriff’s SCUBA Team, served as a financial crimes investigator, and supervised the Community Services Unit, after 21 years. He also worked as a Residential Case Manager at the Veterans Outreach Center. Jeff was elected to the Honeyoye Falls-Lima Board in 2019, and has volunteered at both Lima Primary and Manor School and on the Program Budget Advisory Council. He is president-elect of Honeoye Falls/Mendon Rotary, has coached for HFL-Mendon youth baseball, co-founded the HFL Grassroots program supporing local families affected by Covid-19, is an Advisor for the Hope Is Life Foundation, and founded “They Stepped Up to the Plate,” which honors surviving members of Negro League baseball. To date, they have recognized seven former players and obtained Congressional recognition for each.
Jeffery F Klein
Jon M. Stern is a partner at Kaman, Berlove, Marafioti, Jacobstein and Goldman, litigating child custody and matrimonial actions. He previously was in solo practice for nine years, following employment with the Legal Aid Society of Rochester’s Law Guardian Program and the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office Family Court Division. Jon has been a member of the Attorneys for Children Panel since 2001, was a 2013 recipient of the Michael F. Dillon Attorney for Children Award, and was the inaugural winner of the Award for Excellence in Indigent Adult Representation in Family Court. Jon obtained his B.A. from Skidmore College in 1993 and his J.D. from Emory Law School in 1996. He has lived in Honeoye Falls with his wife Lisa and two daughters for the last 17 years. Jon will bring independence from politics and the knowledge and experience derived from 25 years of high-intensity courtroom experience to the bench.
Jon M Stern
Jeffrey R. Clark is a 27-year resident of Mendon, having sent six children through the Honeoye Falls-Lima school system. He is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Livingston Associates, Inc., and Of Counsel at the law firm Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC. He formerly served as Mendon Deputy Town Attorney, providing counsel to the Planning and Zoning Boards. He has been married to Michele for 39 years. He regularly runs the Green Trail at Mendon Ponds, and plays in a band that can be heard at the Cottage Hotel.
Jeffrey R Clark
David L. Cook has family roots in Mendon from the 1830’s, and he and his wife, Kathleen, have lived in Mendon for the past five years. They are the parents of four boys and have seven grandchildren. Dave has practiced law in Rochester since 1987, and has received several awards from the New York State Bar Association for his representation of indigent individuals and charitable organizations. Dave currently serves on the Board of Directors as general counsel for the Greater Rochester Community of Churches and has served on the Mendon Zoning Board of Appeals for four years. He has also served as President of the Board of Directors of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, was on the Board of Directors of Farmworker Legal Services of New York for 20 years, and has served in leadership roles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in local, national, and international positions. From 2013 to 2016, Dave and Kathleen lived in Santiago, Chile, where they were responsible for mission work, supervising 50 congregations and over 500 young volunteers. Dave enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds, especially those in Upstate’s abundant snow.
David L Cook
Town of Ogden
Crystal D. Benjamin-Bafford moved to Ogden with her family five years ago and has been part of the Spencerport Central School District family for the past 12. As an active community volunteer, Crystal has worked on important community issues including the Town of Ogden Police Reinvention and Reform Initiative and the Spencerport Central School District Culturally Responsive Education Initiative; served as President of the Spencerport Kiwanis Club; and re-started the Ogden Democratic Committee. “Being part of a community means giving your time to community initiatives and resolving community issues. I am ready to combine what I’ve learned about our community with my experience in public administration to help our government make the best choices for our families.”
Crystal D Benjamin-Bafford
Town of Perinton
Susan E Boynton-Frykholm is from Cicero, N.Y., the youngest of three children in a family of five, whose father worked as a Syracuse firefighter and mother as a registered nurse. She earned a B.S, in political science from SUNY Brockport and she and her husband, Ryan, moved to Perinton in 2002, where they are raising two adopted children. Susan served as Perinton Deputy Clerk from 2012 through 2016. She is also a small business owner who understands the importance of superior customer service and has a proven ability to access COVID-19 recovery grant funds. “I am running for the office of Perinton Town Clerk because I understand the important role of the Clerk’s Office and am dedicated to this community. I hope for the opportunity to put my skills and experience to work for the benefit of Perinton residents for the complete four-year term.”
Susan E Boynton-Frykholm
Charles D. Steinman is a lifelong Monroe County resident and has been a practicing attorney for 47 years, specializing in both civil and criminal litigation on the prosecution and defense sides. He was previously a Special Assistant Public Defender, a Municipal Attorney for the City of Rochester, and Deputy New York State Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Rochester Regional Office. Chuck has appeared in every town court in Monroe County, the N.Y. Supreme Court Appellate Division, N.Y. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He left state service in 2005 to join Harris Beach as Senior Counsel and has maintained a solo practice since 2012, handling a variety of civil and criminal matters. Chuck is certified as an Attorney for the Child in Family and Supreme courts, is a member of the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers, and has received numerous awards including the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award for outstanding service in the Attorney General’s Office. He and his wife, Shelly have lived in the Village of Fairport since 1992.
Charles D Steinman
Jeremy D. Jordan is a married father of four who has resided in Perinton since 2011. He earned his B.S. in computer science from the Suny Polytechnic Institute, in Marcy N.Y. works as an IT Project Manager. He met his wife while she was studying to become a nurse, and she is the school nurse at Brooks Hill Elementary school, where their two middle children currently attend. Their oldest child attends Minerva Deland school. “You can usually find our family out enjoying the many beautiful trails in Perinton with our golden retriever.”
Jeremy D Jordan
A Perinton resident since 2015, Steve A. Flemming is married with two children. Steve is a retired women’s gymnastic coach after 25 years, the last nine of which were at the collegiate level. Steve’s interest in both public service and the outdoors began early as a Boy Scout and, later, as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He worked for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years, retiring in 2016. During that period, Steve spent 10 years of his time as a deputy assigned to the Rochester Psychiatric Center and later in a unit created to provide rehabilitation to inmates seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction. Steve currently works as a security guard in downtown Rochester.
Steve A Flemming
Town of Pittsford
Kendra R. Evans is the first in her family to attend college, earning a Bachelor’s in political science and public policy from the University of Chicago (and interning for Senator Dick Durbin) and a Master’s in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. She moved to Pittsford in 2013, opening a business serving students with learning differences while also working at RIT. When white supremacist propaganda was dropped in Pittsford, Kendra and other residents formed PittsFORWARD, a community-led initiative that promotes safety and inclusion for all. As leader of the Pittsford Democratic Committee, Kendra more than doubled its membership and budget; increased voter turnout; led Democrats in taking the majority of Town Board seats in 2019; and managed campaigns for the first Democrats elected in 2017, for the first Democratic Town Justice in 2020, and for the village’s first Democratic Mayor in 2021. She is a Rotarian, mom of three middle schoolers, and served on the Pittsford School District Planning Team and as Vice President of the Education Council.
Kendra R Evans
Scott M. Green is a litigator known for his excellence in criminal law for the past 36 years. Scott has been an Assistant District Attorney, Assistant United States Attorney, and an award-winning defense attorney known for his dedication to justice. Scott, his wife, Lori, and their two children have resided in Pittsford for over 21 years. Scott plans to bring his unmatched legal knowledge and experience to the Pittsford Court to ensure that all parties and citizens are heard and treated with fairness and respect.
Scott M Green
Pearl Monique Cole Brunt is an international management consultant, educator, wife, mother of two homeschooled daughters, food blogger, and passionate plant-based whole-food advocate. After earning her M.A. in international relations and diplomacy and her M.B.A. in international business, Pearl launched a foreign relations consultancy at just 25-years-old, helping small and medium European enterprises break into the U.K. and U.S. markets. After over a decade of working and teaching in Europe, Pearl has turned her attention to Pittsford’s local politics, and actively seeks out opportunities to promote sustainability, a circular economy, and community cohesion. Pearl is passionate about the community and, in particular, keen to drive progress in environmental, economic, transparency, and diversity issues. Looking at revolutionary models like a circular economy, she is eager to engage in work for Pittsford.
Pearl MC Brunt
Stephanie Townsend was elected to the Pittsford Town Board in 2017, pledging to advance good government, ensure fiscal responsibility, expand environmental sustainability, and build a stronger community for all. Her accomplishments include livestreaming and ASL interpretation of Board meetings, holding the tax rate flat during the pandemic, enactment of Community Choice Aggregation and launch of a community solar program, and creation of an equity advisory committee. Stephanie has served as the Board liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Design Review & Historic Preservation Board, Environmental Advisory Board, and Pittsford Youth Services. She also serves as a community advisor to the Monroe County Broadband Task Force. “As a community psychologist, the skills I use every day help me analyze local policies and appreciate how local government interacts with county and state government.”
Stephanie M Townsend
Town of Rush
As incumbent Town Supervisor and former Town Board Member, Gerry Kusse is committed to providing the residents of Rush with an open and respectful town government. His commitment to ensure that all have a voice and ample opportunities for inclusion is based on over 19 years as both an appointed and an elected official, and a career in human resource. Prior to being elected Supervisor, Gerry served as Town Board Member and Town Code Enforcement Officer. He also worked human resources at Eastman Kodak Company, served on the Rush Henrietta Budget Advisory Committee, is a licensed pilot and Coast Guard-certified marine vessel operator, and has an avocation as apple orchardist. “Our town belongs to our residents and the opinions of our residents are paramount to how our town is managed.”
Rush Town Supervisor
Jeanne E Morelli
Daniel J Chase
Town of Sweden
Jessica A. Diaz is a lifelong resident of upstate New York. She attended SUNY Brockport for her undergraduate studies, where she was an Empire State Scholar, before graduating from the University of Buffalo Law School. In law school, she was a member of the Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law and Social Policy and earned an award for Trial Technique as well the Denman Scholarship Award. She has worked in various areas of the law including real estate, education, and medical malpractice. The bulk of her legal career has been spent in employment litigation. Jessica is also a proud mother to a beautiful daughter which amplifies her passion to improve the community in which her daughter is being raised. Jess remains staunchly committed to the fundamental legal ideals that every person is entitled to the opportunity to go to court, present their version of the facts, and obtain a timely resolution.
Jessica A Diaz
Karen P. LoBracco grew up near Buffalo, earned a B.S. in health education from SUNY Cortland plus an M.B.A. from Pace University, and lived downstate as well as in Virginia, Ohio, and Georgia before choosing to settle in Brockport in 2008. The roots she has put down in the Town of Sweden include active engagement in civic life, informed by the diversity of ways other communities serve their citizens. She serves on the Brockport Zoning Board of Appeals, was a member of the Tax Relief Task Force, served on the Police Reform and Reimagination Committee, volunteers with homeless teens, and helped staff the Brockport Clothing Closet pre-pandemic. In 2018, Karen retired from a 20+ year career with Unitarian Universalist churches, as well as jobs in healthcare and retail. She and her husband have been married for 48 years.
Karen P LoBracco
Town of Webster
A Webster native, Danielle Palermo-Jimenez has five children with husband, Hiram, and holds a degree in criminal justice from SUNY Brockport. Her volunteer work includes serving on The Monroe County STOP DWI Program, as a Board member for Nuts for Mutts Animal Rescue, as a certified foster parent with Hillside Children’s Center, on the Webster School District’s Families Igniting Racial Equity and Standing Up for Racial Justice committees, and as leader of the Webster Democratic Committee. Danielle ran for Town Board in 2019 with Democratic and Working Families party endorsements, was nominated for the Women of Distinction Award by Senator Pamela Helming in 2020, and is a WomenElect program graduate. Her professional experience also reflects community service: she is Community Outreach Coordinator for iCircle Care, a CDS Monarch non profit organization in Webster; worked as the Volunteer Coordinator at St. Ann’s Cherry Ridge in Webster; was Project Connect Coordinator at the Learning Disabilities Association, and owned a small business. As Town Supervisor, Danielle pledges integrity, transparency, and accountability in serving all residents.
Danielle M Palermo-Jimenez
Jeffrey L. Taylor is a Webster native and lifelong resident. He attended Webster public schools and earned B.A. degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of Rochester and his J.D. and MBA from SUNY Buffalo. Jeff started his career private practice in Rochester, then served over 31 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Ontario County DA’s Office, handling thousands of cases in Supreme, County and local courts and approximately 100 jury trials. Jeff also taught new law enforcement officers for 25 years at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy and oversaw the Finger Lakes Treatment Courts for over 15 years—including Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, and Opioid Stabilization Court—working with judges, clerks, defense attorneys, and treatment professionals to address the needs and recovery of individuals who appeared before them. Jeff has two adult sons.
Jeffrey L Taylor
Originally from Boston, Sid Bahl has been a Webster resident since 2016, and is husband to Tori, father of two daughters, and an attorney. Sid’s parents immigrated to the United States from India, making Sid a proud first-generation American. He earned a B.S./B.A. from Suffolk University, an M.B.A from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, an M.S. in public relations from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. Sid serves on the Monroe County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees and previously served on the Board of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar Association. His campaign is premised on transparent government, fiscal responsibility, and diversity of thought, and he pledges to bring accessibility, innovation, and creativity to town governance.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Ashley A. Teague moved to Webster, where her mother is from, in 2018. She is passionate about a number of issues, including funding for mental health, diversity and inclusion, preserving Webster’s open spaces, and reducing her own and the community’s carbon footprint. Ashley graduated from Clary Sage Beauty College in 2009 with her cosmetology license. As an entrepreneur, she developed a strong clientele in Oklahoma City, but relocated to Webster because of ample services nearby as she struggled with mental illness. Having received so much support from the Webster community, Ashley is ready to give back as a member of the Town Council. Ashley has also been active in community initiatives that support equality, including organizing and leading a Women’s March in 2020, actively supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and engaging in activities focused on ensuring that everyone is welcome, safe, and offered equal opportunities in the community and state.
Ashley A Teague
Candidates for Village Office
Village of East Rochester
Lafayette Eaton has served the East Rochester community over the past 17 years as a member of the PTA Executive Board, School Board member, Planning Board member, President of East Rochester Youth Soccer, and Cub Scout Den Leader, to name a few. “While serving in these roles, I have had the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of people, allowing me to gain critical skills as a communicator and to more fully realize the essential importance of inclusion and equity.”
Board of Trustees
Mark D. McDermott is a lifelong East Rochester resident who has been involved in the arts his entire career. He has a degree from Nazareth College and owns the gallery/furnishings and accessories store, Archigraphia. Mark has been a member of the East Rochester Housing Authority since 2011 and chairperson of the East Rochester Parks Committee, which he founded, since 2005. He also started a scrap metal recycling program for the Parks Committee, designed the Rotary Garden fountain in Edmond Lyon Park, and has volunteered as arts educator for youth in ER and Monroe County. “My desire is to help this community in any way I can. East Rochester has been a wonderful place for my family and so many others. As with any community, we need to grow, and to do so we must change. I want to give residents a voice in that process as we work to make our village a unique and great place to live, work, and succeed.”
Mark D McDermott
Board of Trustees