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Local Primary Election Results

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Residents across the state voted in Tuesday's New York primary races.

View complete primary election results.

Note: Tuesday night's results are not official until they are certified in the next few days.

Rochester City Council

In the Rochester City Council race, where 14 Democrats were running for five open seats, five candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party are winners.

Loretta Scott is the lead vote-getter with 16 percent; incumbent Carolee Conklin is next with 14 percent; Matt Haag, a political fundraiser at University of Rochester, has 12 percent; incumbent Dana Miller has 11 percent; and downtown Rochester insurance agent Jacklyn Ortiz came in with about 10 percent.

"I am so excited. I'm amazed at the response. I was getting good response on the campaign trail, but you never know, you never know. So to have that level of favor is just amazing. I'm thrilled about it," Loretta Scott said.

Current Rochester City Council President Gladys Santiago and incumbent John Lightfoot did not make the list.

Rochester City School Board

Seven Democrats ran for three seats Tuesday. The three candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party will win those seats.

Incumbent Van White has the highest vote percentage, followed by fellow incumbent Cynthia Elliott. The next highest vote-getter is Jose Cruz.

Irondequoit Town Supervisor

Incumbent Supervisor Mary Ellen Heyman pulled out an easy win over her Democratic primary challenger Robert Ament. Heyman will go on to face Republican Mary D'Aurizio on Election Day.

The defeated Robert Ament contacted YNN after the results Tuesday night.

In a statement, Ament said, "We were outspent 10-to-one by the political machines out of Albany and Monroe County. We'd like to thank all our supporters and volunteers. Our town was bought and sold three times over and the people who didn't vote deserve exactly what they expected by not voting."

Seneca County District Attorney

The primary race for Seneca County District Attorney has been interesting, especially after an investigation of the former sheriff and his department.

Some people were upset with District Attorney Richard Swinehart about not making some reports public, which lost him the Republican Party endorsement and may have been a factor in primary voting.

It appears Richard Swinehart will lose the Republican nomination to political newcomer Barry Porsch.

Swinehart was the only candidate on the Conservative Party line, but he is also losing there to Porsch as a write-in candidate.

Swinehart does have a one-vote lead as a write-in candidate on the Working Families line.

Wayne County Sheriff

In Wayne County, it looks as though the head of the county jail, Barry Virts, will win the Republican nomination, with the results showing him beating out Palmyra Police Chief David Dalton.

Once the results are certified Virts would go on to face Democratic Candidate Terry Pickett, who is a Wayne County sheriff's deputy.

Canandaigua Superintendent

It's a close race in what's believed to be the first Democratic primary in the town of Canandaigua's history. The unofficial results for Canandaigua town supervisor show Reid Hankin with a two-vote lead over Sam Casella.

Hankin is a member of the town's parks and recreation committee.
He has 153 votes. Casella is a former town supervisor and longtime community leader.

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