Garretson has released the following statement regarding the matter:
“After careful consideration, I am stepping down as chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee. I came to this difficult decision due to personal concerns regarding health and family. I will continue to serve until the end of the month. I will consult with MCDC’s executive committee later this week to determine the particulars of a special meeting to elect our new chair.”
“My commitment to the Democratic Party remains steadfast, and MCDC is in good shape. We have a strong slate of candidates who are campaigning to provide a new direction for our community. We need county government that works for everybody, not only for the select few.”
Garretson had been elected chairman by party leaders in September 2014.
He assumed the post amidst some controversy, after former Chairman Joe Morelle stepped down from the role. In addition, at the time of the vote, several African-American party members, including Assemblyman David Gantt and City Councilman Adam McFadden, staged a walk-out at the meeting.
During Garretson’s tenure with the organization, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley left the Democratic Party and has now sought re-election as a Republican, and former Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel will again run for Monroe County Executive, which will be her second bid for the position in four years.
The organization’s next executive committee meeting has been scheduled for Thursday.