Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Local Dems meet Thursday to pick candidates

Posted By on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Thursday night will be Joe Morelle's last convention as chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee. Much of the meeting should be relatively straightforward.

The party members will nominate candidates for State Assembly, Senate, and two local House races. None of the announced candidates appear to have potential primary challengers, so the designations should be relatively drama free. 

But the city's Northeast quadrant is a different story; it could be the center of two primaries. 

Michael Patterson, the sitting City Council member for the Northeast District, faces a challenge from Eugenio Cotto Jr., former executive director of the Group 14621 Community Association. Since Patterson is the incumbent, odds are that he'll come out of the convention with the nomination. Cotto would then have to file petitions to force a primary.

And Democrat Leslie Rivera is running for the County Legislature seat she was appointed to earlier this year. She received the support of the 29th Legislative District during its nominating meeting, but a few committee members cast votes for Ernest Flagler instead, who has previously run for city school board. The LD's leader, Saul Maneiro, says he'll report the results during Thursday's convention. But whether Flagler will primary if he doesn't get the nomination isn't clear.

The convention starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Workers United hall, 750 East Avenue. Sign-in for committee members starts at 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m. — In an e-mail, Flagler says he hasn't yet considered whether he'll run for the County Legislature's 29th District seat, but that "there are people in the community asking me to run."

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