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Candidates file for Congressional races


Four Democrats could square off in a primary over the late Louise Slaughter's House of Representatives seat.

Yesterday was the deadline for House and Senate candidates to submit petitions to get on the ballot. Dr. Jim Maxwell, a neurosurgeon who lives in East Rochester, was the only Republican to file for the 25th Congressional District seat; he also submitted petitions for the Conservative and Reform Party lines.

The Democratic field is much  more crowded. State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, Brighton Town Board member Robin Reynolds Wilt, City Council Vice President Adam McFadden, and former television journalist Rachel Barnhart all submitted petitions. Morelle, Wilt, and McFadden had previously announced their runs. Barnhart says she'll formally announce her campaign next week. Morelle also submitted petitions for the Working Families, Independence, and Women's Equality Party lines.

Candidates could be knocked out of contention if their petitions are challenged and the Board of Elections finds that the paperwork has insufficient signatures.

The 25th District covers all of Monroe County except the towns of Hamlin, Wheatland, Rush, and Mendon, as well as part of the town of Clarkson. Those areas are part of the 27th Congressional District, which is currently held by Republican Chris Collins.

Collins has filed to run for reelection, and he could face a primary challenge from Republican Frank Smierciak II, who also filed petitions. Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray is the only Democrat to file petitions for the seat. Larry Piegza, an entrepreneur from West Seneca, filed to run on the Reform Party line.