Voters will decide Tuesday between Democrat Joe Morelle and Republican Jim Maxwell competing in the race for the 25th Congressional seat.
We had a chance to catch up with both candidates as they cast their ballots Tuesday morning. For the first time in thirty years, the beloved Congresswomen Louise Slaughter is not on the ballet. Assemblyman Morelle and Dr. Maxwell face off in the midterm election for that seat in Congress.
Dr. Maxwell, the chief of neurosurgery at Rochester General Hospital, voted at St. John Fisher. And Morelle, who has served in the New York State Assembly since 1991, voted at Glad Tidings Church on Culver Road.
With record numbers for midterm elections expected, voters are making sure the person they want is representing them in Washington D.C.
“For me personally, this is the culmination of a long, long process of thinking about Congress since way back in college so I might say it’s been 51 years to get here,” explained Dr. Maxwell. “But having thrown in last January, it’s certainly been an active, busy, tough year so this has really be a culmination for me.”
Morelle says, “We’re tired of the division, were tired of the insults and that we’re going to go back to the America that I believe in — that’s inclusive and welcoming. And I think people coming out in big numbers suggest people in this community agree with me on this issue, that they want to send a message they want to make sure that they put their stamp on who’s gonna represent them.”
And their work is not done yet… They say they plan to continue to knock on doors and talk to phone banks throughout the day in attempt to sway more votes.
Polls are open until 9 p.m.