Democrats and Republican party-endorsed candidates took the majority of votes in primary races Thursday, Sept. 10, as well as incumbents who are already in office.
James Sheppard took in about 78 percent of the vote in a closely-watched race, in order to be the designated Democrat in the election for a seat on the Monroe County Legislature in the 23rd District; while Mitch Rowe received about 22 percent of the vote. Sheppard is a former chief of the Rochester Police Department; Rowe is currently the city’s buildings and parks director.
Sheppard received about 1,100 votes to Rowe’s estimated 300.
In addition, Molly Clifford won the vote in a primary race for Rochester City Council, beating Lashana Boose, receiving about 51 percent of the vote.
Incumbent city council members Elaine Spaull, Adam McFadden, and Michael Patterson also beat their opponents in Democratic primary races.
Spaull won 70 percent of the vote; McFadden won 68 percent; and Patterson won 76 percent of the vote, respectively, over candidates in their districts.
In the Republican races, Fred Ancello won in the 6th district, for County Legislator, and; in Henrietta, Jack Moore beat his opponent, William Wu, by a whopping 86 percent.
When it comes to Rochester City School District Board of Education races, eight Democrats vied for four open RCSD school board commissioner seats. Malik Evans, Mary Adams, Liz Hallmark and Willa Powell were victorious, with Hallmark emerging as the only newcomer to the board.
However, overall, board of election officials said voter turnout had been low for Thursday’s races. Reportedly, officials hoped numbers would reach 24 percent, but actual numbers fell short of the goal.
Official results, which will include absentee ballots, should be available Thursday, Sept. 17, officials stated.