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McFadden joins Democrats seeking Slaughter's seat


City Council Vice President Adam McFadden is joining the group of Democratic candidates campaigning for the late Louise Slaughter's House seat.

McFadden will announce his candidacy at 5:30 p.m. today at Brue Coffee, 960 Genesee Street.

"I really think that the Democratic Party should have an open and honest debate and discussion about who should replace Louise," McFadden said during an interview this morning.

Slaughter served with honor for 30 years, but the 25th Congressional District is different than when she first took office, McFadden said. The party should have a plethora of candidates from different backgrounds and with different ideologies, who should make their case for why they should sit in Slaughter's seat, he said.

McFadden, who was first elected to City Council in 2003, says his platform should come from the people, though there are issues and areas he wants to focus on: pay equality, poverty rates and their impact on education, and opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurship.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and Brighton Town Board member Robin Reynolds Wilt have already announced their runs. Rochester City School Board President Van White and former television news reporter and mayoral candidate Rachel Barnhart are considering whether to enter the race.