ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Demond Meeks, a local organizer for Union 1199SEIU and the Poor People’s Campaign, announced his candidacy for the 137 district in the New York State Assembly.
Meeks is now the fifth person in the race, joining Monroe County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell (D-29), Rochester City School Board Commissioner Natalie Sheppard, Rochester’s Little Italy Historic District founder Silvano Orsi, and current Rochester City School District special education teacher and foreign Monroe County Jail rehabilitation counselor Ann Lewis.
Longtime Assemblymember David Gantt has held the position for decades, but recently announced he would not be seeking re-election this year.
The primary vote is set to take place in June, before November’s general election.
The 137th district represents southwest sections in the City of Rochester as well as the Town of Gates.