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Democratic candidates line up for Morelle's Assembly seat 

Democrats are headed toward a likely primary for the 136th Assembly District seat. The office is up for grabs because Joe Morelle, who currently holds it, is instead running for the House seat left vacant after the death of longtime Representative Louise Slaughter.

On Saturday, Monroe County Democratic Committee chair Jamie Romeo announced her candidacy. Romeo will likely be named as the party's designated candidate when it holds its nominating convention Thursday afternoon: her announcement drew the support of Morelle, Assembly member Harry Bronson, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, County Clerk Adam Bello, Irondequoit Supervisor David Seeley, and Brighton Supervisor Bill Moehle.

An Irondequoit resident, Romeo has spent more than a decade working in local Democratic politics and government. She's a former staff director for the County Legislature Democrats, and was chief of staff for former State Senator Ted O'Brien. She's been chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee since 2015.

Jaclyn Richard, president of the Rochester National Organization for Women chapter, announced her candidacy on March 27.  Her partner, Nelson Lopatin, responded to a message left at her campaign phone number and confirmed that Richard is still in the race and that she plans to run a primary.

Richard, a Brighton resident, has been a dental hygienist.

The 136th Assembly District covers Irondequoit, Brighton, and parts of the City of Rochester. Richard and Romeo sought the support of the town Democratic committees and city legislative district Democratic committees represented by the seat. Sarah Hart Clark, who serves as deputy state director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, also appeared before the committees. But as of Monday morning, it's not immediately clear whether she plans to run a campaign for the seat.

This post has been edited with a correction.

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