Monroe County Election Day 2015 Coverage

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Election day is here, and there are a couple of key races in Monroe County that are getting a lot of attention this year.
 
For the first time in 12 years, Monroe County will have a new leader, as Maggie Brooks is term-limited and could not run for a fourth term.
 
The candidates are Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, Democrat Sandra Frankel, and Green Party Candidate Rajesh Barnabas.
 
News 8 have team coverage on this race.
 
The Radisson Hotel Downtown is where republicans will be gathering later tonight.
 
Republicans hope they can continue more than two decades of control of Monroe County government.
Their candidate, Cheryl Dinolfo.
 
The 54-year-old is a former attorney who became Monroe County Clerk in 2004. Dinolfo has sought to distinguish herself from current Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, by saying she would abolish the controversial local development corporations, establish an office of public integrity, and make sure developers getting tax breaks live up to promises to create jobs.

“We’ve been working real hard all year long, getting our message out, our vision for the future of Monroe County. It feels great to have voted and have my family with me, and we’re encouraging everyone to get out and vote,” says Dinolfo.
 
Dinolfo has had the fundraising edge. As of two weeks ago she had spent 236,000, about 50% more than her opponent.
 
 
 
News 8 team coverage continues to the Democratic headquarters, where celebrations aren’t expected to begin until much later this evening.
 
All eyes will be on the Monroe County Executive race where Sandy Frankel is hoping to beat republican challenger, Cheryl Dinolfo.
 
News 8 caught up with Frankel as she cast her ballot this morning in Brighton.

This is Frankel’s second run for Monroe County Executive. In 2011, she lost to the republican incumbent, Maggie Brooks by 14 points, but that was then.
 
Frankel says she put that behind her long ago and she’s staying positive this time around. 
 
“I’ve got the experience as a leader with a vision and the track record that will really make a difference for this county. I can hit the ground running and really move us forward in a great direction,” says Frankel.
 
Democrats do have the advantage in Monroe County. There are more than 167,000 registered democrats in Monroe County compared to nearly 124,000 republicans. 
 
Time will tell whether that proves to be an advantage for Frankel. 
 
 
 
As you saw both the republican and democratic candidates for Monroe County Executive took to the polls themselves this morning, and green party candidate Rajesh Barnabas was also there.
 
Barnabas is looking to be the voice for various underrepresented movements, including the Black Lives Matter Movement and We are the 99%. He says he is intent on putting people in office who want to shake up the current political system.
 
“We’re all… We’re all in this together. And uh, we should treat each other like family. And if I know that someone is homeless… Or someone is not getting enough food to eat, or their education is uh… Sub par, we should- we should all embrace everyone as family,” says Barnabas.
 
This is Barnabas’ first time seeking public office. 
 
 
 
Normally, there’d also be a good deal of hype right now surrounding the race for Monroe County District Attorney. But that is not the case this year.
 
Current district attorney, Sandra Doorley, a republican, is running for re-election, and her opponent has been a no-show.
 
Doorley voted this morning in Webster at the Calvary Chapel of Webster.
 
Doorley’s democratic opponent, Candice Baker-Leit – has not been campaigning. 
 
 
 
Unlike the district attorney race, the one for Henrietta Town Supervisor is heated.

Incumbent Jack Moore, a republican, is being challenged by Mike Yudelson, a democrat who ran the town from 2008 to 2013.
 
Moore was criticized earlier this year for referring to black people in Rochester as “city cousins.” Some accused him of being racist. Moore says he misspoke and is qualified to lead the community.


Be sure to stay with News 8 all evening for all your local election results.

After the polls close, we will bring you live results on-air and online.
 
 

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