Perinton Republicans may have supervisor primary


An almost last-minute filing last week may mean a Republican primary for supervisor in the Town of Perinton.

The town Republican committee endorsed Mike Barker, who currently represents part of Perinton in the Monroe County Legislature, as its candidate for the job. But late Thursday afternoon, Edmund Dunn also filed to run for supervisor on the GOP line, according to county Board of Elections records.

If Dunn's name sounds familiar, that might be because he ran for governor in 2010. But he was something of a fringe candidate, so most people probably aren't familiar with him. His Facebook page still exists, however, and in a recent post, he announced his plan to seek the supervisor job. 

Whether Dunn can stay in the race is uncertain. Board of Elections records also show that Dunn's petitions have been challenged by Perinton GOP leader David Belaskas. Belaskas filed a general challenge on Monday, and has until July 21 to submit specific objections.

Current Perinton Supervisor James Smith is not seeking re-election. Town Democrats have not put up a candidate for the seat.