Local races may mean Lej vacancies


One way or another, the Monroe County Legislature's Republican caucus is probably going to look different in 2014. The reason: the 2013 local elections.

I've written about a couple of potential vacancies that could result from the Perinton elections this year. Republican Legislator Mike Barker is running for town supervisor while fellow GOP Legislator Ciaran Hanna is running for Town Board. Perinton Democrats endorsed two Town Board candidates -- Brian Steblen and Darren Miller -- so Hanna does face a challenge. The Dems didn't endorse a candidate for supervisor, though any candidate has through Thursday to submit petitions.

Another local election has received less attention but could result in a vacant GOP Lej seat. Republican Legislator Rick Antelli is running for the job of Greece receiver of taxes, and if he win,s he'd have to step down from the Legislature.This week, Ellen Oberton filed petitions to run for the job as the Democratic candidate.

So that's three potential Lej vacancies that could come from local elections in 2013, though Republicans will hold those seats regardless -- the county charter mandates that the Lej replacements be from the same party. There are, however, two elections that could alter the makeup of the Legislature, though slightly. 

GOP legislator Jeff McCann has to give up his seat because of term limits. Republican Kathleen Taylor and Democrat Michael Bertolone are running for that seat.

And Democratic Legislator Joe Morelle Jr., has to run for his seat, which he was appointed to in January. He faces a challenge from Republican  Ed McClenathan.