Rochester’s future up for grabs during pivotal primary day

Rochester’s future up for grabs during pivotal primary day


By Spectrum News Staff


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It is Primary Day and voters registered with parties are encouraged to head to the polls and vote from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday is about voting for officials who work directly in your community. Unfortunately, primaries do not get decent voter turnout numbers, so getting to the polls is important.

The major primary race is in the city of Rochester and the three-way Democratic primary for Rochester mayor.

Incumbent Lovely Warren, former television news reporter Rachel Barnhart and James Sheppard, Monroe County Legislator and former police chief. Voters need to decide who is best to lead Rochester for the next four years.

In Ontario County, the DA’s race is one to watch between Jim Ritts and Kitty Karle. They are in the Republican and Reform party primaries. Karle is also on the Conservative and Independence lines so even if she loses today she would still be on the November ballot

There are other town primaries in various counties, so for those who aren’t sure if they have a primary to vote in, check with the Monroe County Board of Elections website, or call at 585 753-1550.

Reminder: Voters must be registered in a political party, in order to vote in that party’s primary.

The general election is on Tuesday, November 7.

Check back with Spectrum news as we will have primary results later tonight.