Monroe County District Attorney: Local race gets national attention


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — One of the highest profile races this Election Day is for Monroe County District Attorney.

It’s Republican incumbent Sandra Doorley facing off against the Democratic challenger Shani Curry Mitchell.

“People want reform, and I’m essentially a law and order DA,” Doorley said. “So we’ll see how that works out tonight at the polls.”

“I am here to ask for your vote to make these changes together, so we can make a safer, fairer Monroe County,” Curry Mitchell said.

Leading up to Election Day, the race has gotten a lot of attention, and not just locally.

The New York Times published an article Monday morning that details some of the accusations between the Democrats and Republicans.

The article says, “One district attorney race on the banks of Lake Ontario has become an unlikely big-money referendum on traditional law-and-order prosecutors, much like similar battles in Boston, Philadelphia and Queens, N.Y.”

A few weeks ago, Republican Incumbent Sandra Doorley said that her opponent Democrat Shani Curry Mitchell is partnering with a billionaire to influence the election. Doorley said George Soros is behind the ads that take aim at her character and Mitchell knows all about it.

Mitchell says she understands why Doorley doesn’t like the ads. She says it calls into question her behavior as the district attorney and lack of fairness, but she denies being involved.

“I did not pay for these ads nor did my campaign,” said Mitchell. “I did not approve them.”

The ad in question has a disclaimer stating it was funded by the New York Justice and Public Safety Pac. It also states the ad wasn’t authorized by any candidate or a candidate’s committee.

Soros finances the New York Justice and Public Safety Pac.

Get to know more about the Monroe County District Attorney candidates with a News 8 town hall, where Doorley and Curry Mitchell each answered questions from our local panel in a wide ranging, open ended conversation.

Monroe County District Attorney Town Hall

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