Robin Wilt may not be eligible to run for Assembly

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Brighton Town Board member Robin Wilt appears to be launching a new campaign after losing the primary for the 25th Congressional District.

Wilt was one of four Democrats on the ballot last week for the 25th Congressional seat. Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle ultimately won the primary and will face Dr. Jim Maxwell in November’s election.

But now, it appears Wilt is looking to take a shot at Morelle’s vacant Assembly seat. While Wilt hasn’t made any official announcement yet, changes to her website seem to indicate an Assembly run.

Images on the site that once said “Robin Wilt for Congress” now read “Robin Wilt for Assembly.”

The “About Robin” section of her campaign website, which was updated in recent days, according to Google, now reads: “I’m running for Assembly for all of YOU- to ensure that access to the American Dream is not foreclosed to future generations. I will continue stand up for what is right and represent all of the people of NY’s 136th District as your Assemblymember.”

That sentence previously referenced her Congressional campaign.

However, News 8 has learned that Wilt might not be eligible to meet the residency requirements to run for the office. The state requires Assembly candidates to live in New York state for five years before holding office. However, in recent years, Wilt moved from Brighton to Seattle.

We contacted the King County Board of Elections in Seattle and found out Wilt voted there from 2012 to 2016. The Monroe County Board of Elections says voting in another state, while claiming residency, would disqualify someone from running for the Assembly.

The King County Board of Elections told us Wilt’s status there is now “inactive” as she registered an address out of the county, in Rochester.

If Wilt was able to run for the 136th Assembly seat, she will face Monroe County Democratic Chairwoman Jamie Romeo and Rochester’s National Organization for Women President Jaclyn Richard.

The district covers portions of Rochester, Irondequoit and Brighton.

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