Monday, July 2, 2012

NEWS BLOG: Joe Robach may go unchallenged (and other election updates)

Posted by on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

In May, local Democrats and Republicans held their annual nominating conventions, where they endorsed candidates for office. Since then, a few more races have solidified, while the county clerk's race hasn't.

It's likely that Democrats won't put up a challenger against Republican State Senator Joe Robach, whom the Republicans nominated for reelection to his 56th district seat. Democrats didn't endorse a candidate during their convention. And the party isn't circulating petitions for a candidate, says Monroe County Democratic Committee Executive Director Tad Mack.

(The 56th Senate District includes northwest Rochester, a tiny strip in southeast Rochester, and the towns of Hamlin, Clarkson, Parma, Greece, Gates, and Brighton.)

Democrat Randy Weaver of SteubenCounty recently announced his candidacy for the 133rd Assembly District. He'll face the winner of a Republican primary between Bill Nojay and Richard Burke.

Monroe County Republicans nominated Nojay, a former Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority board chair, during their convention. And Burke, a former mayor of Avon, was nominated by Livingston County Republicans. The Monroe County Conservative Party also endorsed Burke, says the minutes from the party's June meeting.

(The 133rd District includes parts of Monroe, Livingston, and SteubenCounties.)

CountyDemocrats are still in talks with a few potential county clerk candidates, Mack says. During their May convention Republicans nominated County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo for reelection.

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