ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Congressman Joe Morelle officially has a Republican challenger to represent NY-25 in Congress.

The Monroe County Republican Committee announced early Monday morning that local businessman and attorney George Mitris would be kicking off his campaign.

“I want the people of Monroe County to understand, nobody will be a better friend, nobody will fight harder for them, than George Mitris,” Mitris said at his introductory press conference Monday.

Former Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini, who also previously ran for NY-25 against Louise Slaughter, introduced Mitris at the campaign kickoff, held at the Roger Robach Community Center in Rochester.

Assini said he will be assisting the Mitris campaign with policy development.

Full press conference: