WATCH | Romeo vs. Boyce: Monroe County Clerk candidates debate on News 8

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The two candidates vying for Monroe County Clerk went head-to-head on News 8.

Incumbent Democrat Jamie Romeo and Republican challenger, and current Monroe County Legislator, Karla Boyce will discuss the issues in a live streamed event on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

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Jamie Romeo

Romeo is a lifelong resident of the Town of Irondequoit. In February of this year she was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fill the vacancy of the term for Monroe County Clerk (left vacant by former Clerk Adam Bello winning County Executive last November).

Prior to serving as County Clerk, Romeo served in the New York State Assembly, representing the 136th Disitrct, and before that she served as the Monroe County Democratic Chair, and in staffing positions in the New York State Senate and Monroe County Legislature.

Romeo is a graduate of St. John Fisher College, and earned her Masters in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport. In her spare time she works on her Minecraft skills to be a better-suited gaming partner to her son, Dominic.

Karla Boyce

Boyce, a Honeoye Falls resident, represents the 5th District of the Monroe County Legislature, to which she was elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015 to serve four-year terms. In her years with the legislature, Boyce has served as the Vice President on several committees, including Public Safety, Human Services, Agenda/Charter, Ways and Means, and Transportation. She also served as the Chair of the Recreation and Education Committee.

Boyce is also a graduate of St. John Fisher College, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in mental health counseling. Before moving to Honeoye Falls, she was a longtime resident of Mendon, where she owned a retail store until 1996. She is currently employed  at Coordinated Care Service, Inc., where she serves as the Youth Development Coordinator and Teen Age Services Coordinator.

In addition to being an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the Rochester Threat Assessment Committee, the Monroe County Juvenile Justice Committee, the Criminal Justice Counsel, the Law Enforcement Counsel, and the Traffic Safety Board, Karla is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. Karla is also a team member of the Rochester chapter of Badges for Baseball, which creates opportunities for our youth to have positive interactions with law Enforcement. Boyce also has an extensive experience with youth groups throughout the area.

Boyce resides in the Village of Honeoye Falls with her partner, Christopher Denninger.  She has three children, Caroline (Alex), Andrew, and Katherine, and two grandchildren, Harper and Grayson.  She enjoys spending time with family, golfing, skiing, and traveling.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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