Late Assemblyman Bill Nojay has won the 133rd State Assembly District Republican primary.
Nojay took his own life just four days ago, leaving party leaders no option but to keep his name on the ballot.
Challenger and Honeoye Falls Mayor Rick Milne won Monroe County, but Nojay’s lead in Livingston and Steuben counties led him to victory.
Despite Nojay’s passing, many in the GOP encouraged voters to vote for him.
Now, the GOP party leaders in Monroe, Livingston, and Steuben counties must meet to pick a candidate to appear on the general election ballot. They have until ten days from Nojay’s passing to select a new candidate.
Monroe County Republican Committee Chair Bill Reilich says he will meet with the other two party leaders on Wednesday at 7 p.m. They hope to have a decision by 8:30 p.m.
Reilich said there are seven people being considered for candidacy right now – one of whom is Milne.
“I think voters sent two messages by voting for Nojay. One was to show respect for him and the work he did. The other message was that they wanted a conservative representative,” Reilich said. “Milne made it clear in interviews with GOP chairs that he was not as conservative as Nojay, but that won’t keep his name out of the mix.”