Schultz vs. Breese: Henrietta Town Supervisor candidates debate on News 8

Local Politics

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — News 8 WROC hosted a digital-exclusive debate Tuesday night between the two candidates running for Henrietta Town Supervisor.

The incumbent, Stephen Schultz (Democratic, Working Families, Libertarian parties) is going against the challenger Kenneth Breese (Republican, Conservative, Independence parties).

Election Day is less than a month away, and this web-only debate offered Henrietta voters a close-up look at the candidates who are running for the chance to run their town.

The full debate is available in the video above.

For the full list of candidates running in active races throughout Monroe County, check out our 2019 Election Day voter guide.

Candidate Bios

Steve Schultz (D) 

Stephen Schultz was the co-founder of Pictometry and served as its Chief Technology Officer from 1996 through 2015, helping build the company from one employee, himself, to over 300.

He has been granted over 90 patents on the underlying technology he created for Pictometry as well as for other inventions. Prior to Pictometry, Steve worked at the RIT Center for Imaging Science where he developed new technologies for use in a wide range of fields including environmental, military, medical, and earth analysis.

Since Pictometry, Steve has been advising and investing in high technology start-ups across a spectrum of applications including multi-factor authentication and security, software to support first responders, software to analyze sounds to assist the Deaf and hard of hearing, and systems to create detailed analyses of tread wear.

In 2017, he entered local politics and was elected Henrietta Town Supervisor. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from RIT. He was named the Distinguished Alumni for the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in 2007 and was named the Rochester Institute of Technology Outstanding Alumni in 2012.

Kenneth Breese (R)

Ken is a lifelong resident of Henrietta with a history of volunteering and contributing within the community. Raised on the east side of town, first on Rouge Rd and then in the Red Lion Rd neighborhoods, He attended Rush-Henrietta Schools and graduated in 1978.

He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and has been employed in the retail industry since 1982 in a variety of roles, including management, purchasing, marketing, and operations. Ken and his wife, Andrea have a home on Alverstone Way and were active in volunteer roles as their son Eric went through the RH School system. Ken also served as a coach and assistant coach with the RHAA baseball program from 1999 through 2011.

Ken has been active and involved in local politics and government since he joined the Henrietta Republican committee when first eligible. He held various leadership positions on the committee prior to being chosen unanimously as a candidate for town council. Ken has 13 years of experience on the Zoning Board of Appeals and four years on the Henrietta Town Board, which will serve as a solid foundation for the Town Supervisor position.

After the debate, Henrietta Town Council candidates got a chance to introduce themselves to voters and express a few remarks. That comes at the end of the video above, and the candidates are:

  • Millie C. Sefranek (Democratic/Working Families)
  • Jesse M. Redlo (Democratic/Working families)
  • Lisa S. Bolzner (Republican/Conservative/Independence)
  • Scott M. Adair (Republican/Conservative/Independence)

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