Monroe County voters are getting a better idea of who will be on the ballot in the September primary and the November general election. The deadline to fill petitions to run for office passed last week.
The four district seats are up on City Council this year, as are four city school board seats. In Monroe County, voters will choose a district attorney, county executive, and representatives for all 29 seats in the County Legislature.
Democratic primaries appear to be imminent for all of the seats on Council and the school board, and in four of the city-based Legislature seats. (The period to challenge petitions has not yet passed.)
Two Democratic races, in particular, have received a lot of early attention. In the 23rd Legislative District, city Building and Parks Director Mitch Rowe is running against former Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard, the party's endorsed candidate. And in the Northwest District City Council race, endorsed candidate Molly Clifford faces a challenge from Lashana Boose.
Some committee leaders say that Rowe and Boose would be friendlier to the city administration than their opponents.
Some of the other primaries reflect longstanding power struggles within the party.
In the school board races, Democrats backed incumbents Malik Evans and Mary Adams, along with newcomers Elizabeth Hallmark and Matt McDermott. Willa Powell, Howard Eagle, Lorenzo Williams, and Mia Hodgins have filed petitions to force a primary. Powell currently serves on the board, but the city committees did not endorse her.
The top four vote-getters in the school board primary will carry the Democratic line on the November ballot.
On the Republican side, William Wu is trying to force a primary against embattled Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore, who has been under fire for making racially insensitive remarks. Wu ran for town supervisor in 2009 as a Democrat.