Republican Cheryl Dinolfo won the coveted Monroe County executive seat Nov. 3, garnering 56 percent of the vote, while her Democratic opponent, Sandra Frankel, garnered only 41 percent of the vote. Independent candidate Rajesh Barnabas walked away with the other three percent.
Incumbent Maggie Brooks held onto the seat for 12 years, and has been term-limited in the position.
Dinolfo, the Monroe County clerk since 2004, said she attended over 600 events while she campaigned for the position, and that she’s ready to prepare her new administration to take on the role.
“I’m ready to get in there and get the job done,” she stated.
According to Frankel, who is Brighton’s former town supervisor, she said she was proud of the campaign her team had run, although she cited low-voter turnout, and fewer campaign spending dollars as possible reasons for the loss.
Yet, “I’m very proud of our campaign,” she stated.
Republicans have held the position of Monroe County excutive since 1992.
In other election news, Monroe County district attorney and Republican incumbent, Sandra Doorley received 72 percent of the vote, compared to 28 percent for her Democratic opponent, Candice Baker Leit.
Doorley, now in her second term, has been the first female to hold the position.
Republicans have also held their majority in the County Legislature.
The total 29 legislature seats were up for re-election, and only nine were contested.
Republican Henrietta supervisor Jack Moore also retained his position, even after being recorded making racially insensitive remarks to town employees earlier this year. Moore beat former Henrietta town supervisor, and Democratic challenger, Mike Yudelson for the win.
In the race for school board, incumbents Malik Evans, Mary Adams, and Willa Powell retained their seats, and Liz Hallmark will be the only newcomer to the board.
Twenty-eight percent of eligible Monroe County voters came out to the polls on Tuesday, compared to 22 percent of voters in the city.