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Monroe County Democratic Committee Announces Irondequoit Candidates

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"We are just blessed to have the candidates that we were able to introduce here today," said Democratic state Senator Ted O'Brien. "This is the strongest slate that I remember seeing in a long, long time."

Irondequoit town Democrats are pushing for change with the announcement Saturday of four up and coming candidates for town and county positions.

"We are here because we love the town we've all called home for so many years," said Adam Bello, Democratic Candidate for Irondequoit Town Supervisor.

Leading the ticket for a run at the Town Supervisor's seat is Adam Bello. He is a currently the Monroe County District Attorney's Chief Administrator.

"I really feel like this town could use a new vision; a new strong leadership to bring us into the future and bring progress into big projects," said Bello.

Projects like the I-Square. Democratic candidates say it's a development that has their full support.

"I think that what the town is missing is a clear vision for the future," said Bello. "It's missing somebody who can partner with residents, bring people together and really take us to the next step. The town essentially in my view has been on auto pilot way too long."

The Democratic slate also includes Lorie Barnum and Dave Seeley for Town Council, incumbent Town Justices Joe Genier and Joe Valentino, and Joseph Morelle Junior, who is running for a full term as county legislator to represent District 17, which makes up half of Irondequoit.

"The challenges that we face are not so great that we can't face them if we all work together," said Morelle Junior.

He was appointed to the seat temporarily in January when it was vacated by Senator Ted O'Brien. He is also the son of Joe Morelle, the county's Democratic Majority Leader.

"I think that people are going to criticize because of my name and that's okay," said Morelle Junior. "They certainly have the right to and they certainly have the opportunity to tell me how they feel in November, but I'm going to work hard. The people of Irondequoit is what I care about and I'm going to work hard every single day in county government to continue to do the best work for the people."

In a statement, Irondequoit Republican Chair Mike Valente responded to the Democratic ballot by saying, "Half of the Irondequoit Democrats on the ballot have either shared a home or an office with Party Boss Joe Morelle. Hardworking Town taxpayers know this is Irondequoit, not Morelleville."

The Republican committee and its candidates are expected to speak Sunday morning.

Last week, the Irondequoit Republican Committee endorsed candidates including incumbents
Mary Joyce D'Aurizio for Town Supervisor and Paul Marasco for Town Board.

Candidate Bill Brongo is running for Town Board and Ed McClenathan for County Legislator.

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