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LaMar appointed to Legislature seat 

Sabrina LaMar has been appointed to the County Legislature's 27th District seat, which was left vacant after LaShay Harris was appointed to a vacant City Council seat.

LaMar works as project coordinator for the Community Engagement to Reduce Victimization (CERV) project at RIT's Center for Public Safety Initiatives. She also chairs the education committee of the ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition.  The appointment lasts through the end of the year, after which new legislature terms start.

LaMar is one of two candidates running in the June 25 primary for the 27th District seat.  Her opponent is Ebony Dukes, who works for Person Centered Services as a care coordinator for children and adults with developmental, intellectual, and mental health disabilities.

The Legislature president makes appointments to vacant seats based on recommendations from the respective parties. Members of the 27th Legislative District committee chose to recommend LaMar during a May 9 meeting, which both she and Dukes attended, according to a party spokesperson. Party chair Brittaney Wells then submitted that recommendation to the Legislature president.

Dukes sent out a statement this afternoon criticizing LaMar's appointment.

"I was dismayed to learn that Sabrina LaMar will be sworn in as county legislator for the 27th district, only six weeks before the primary election for the position," she said in the statement. "This is an unconscionable decision that undermines democracy."

"The Monroe County Democratic Committee wants to give Lamar the advantage of incumbency," Dukes' statement said. "This is not democratic, particularly if Lamar is not the winner on June 25th, and will be the representative for the remainder of the year. This process is designed to kneecap her opponent and influence the election outcome."

Monroe County Republicans and Democrats routinely appoint candidates to vacant seats, though this situation isn't typical. LaShay Harris was the party's designated candidate for the 27th District County Legislature seat, but now she's running for City Council. Neither LaMar nor Dukes were ever designated as the party candidate for the 27th District; the appointment could be seen as a tacit designation.

This article has been update to clarify the process by which Sabrina LaMar was selected to fill the vacant seat.

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