Former Brighton Supervisor Sandra Frankel says that her political career has followed a pattern: the first time she runs for an office, she loses, but the second time, she wins. That was the case when she ran for Brighton school board, and then when she ran for Brighton supervisor — a job she held for 20 years.
This morning, Frankel and Monroe County Democratic Committee chair Dave Garretson announced that Frankel has emerged as the party's sole county executive candidate. The other two Democrats who considered running — County Legislature Democratic Minority Leader Carrie Andrews and State Assembly member Harry Bronson — put their support behind Frankel.
Frankel still needs the endorsements of the various city and town committees, and she could face a primary if an opponent emerges. (Garretson says that there's no opposition to Frankel within the party.)
Frankel ran against County Executive Maggie Brooks in 2011, losing by 14 percentage points. But Brooks is term limited, which means that, barring a primary loss, Frankel will face Republican County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo in November.
During her announcement, Frankel hit on the high notes of her time as Brighton supervisor. When she took over, the town's finances were in rough shape, she said, but she worked to stabilize them. And she led the town through voter-approved initiatives to develop a parks system, sidewalks, and a library.
She said that she has executive experience that Dinolfo lacks. And Frankel questioned why Dinolfo waited until she decided to run for county executive before speaking out against local development corporations or in favor of a county office of public integrity. Here's a clip of that critique:
Republicans responded to the Frankel announcement in a statement:
"The local Democrats lost their "Anybody But Frankel" campaign with today’s announcement. Their party is stuck with Sandy Frankel when Democrat after Democrat chose not to run, acknowledging that Cheryl Dinolfo is the best choice to serve as our community’s next county executive.
"For months now, Cheryl Dinolfo has been sharing her vision for creating and retaining jobs, keeping property taxes flat, and ensuring Monroe County government is the most ethical and transparent in the nation. Monroe County voters support that vision and will provide Cheryl Dinolfo a great victory on Election Day!"