Ontario County GOP chair endorses gubernatorial candidate; Independence Party backs Reed in House

With every passing week on the way to election 2018, news rolls in related to races — be they congressional or at the state level.

First off, Ontario County Republican Committee chair Trisha Turner announced her endorsement of Marc Molinaro for governor. Molinaro, who is Dutchess County executive, has the backing of at least eight county GOP chairs, including those in Monroe and Chemung counties.

After Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, last month dropped from the gubernatorial race — in which he received resounding local and regional GOP support — Turner said she would be hearing from remaining gubernatorial candidates at a regional meeting. Turner, who is a regional vice chair with the state GOP, stated Molinaro “is a dedicated public servant and family man." She added" "He has represented his community well during his time as a public servant and he will continue his record of success as our next Governor."

Now, the frontrunner in the race to nominate a Republican challenger for Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is state Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-DeWitt. One other candidate is Joseph Holland, who was New York's housing commissioner under former Gov. George Pataki.

New York Republicans expect to choose their candidate for governor at a nominating convention in May at a date to be determined.

Meanwhile, in the congressional race for the 23rd District, incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, this week announced he has received the endorsement of the Independence Party.

“Tom Reed is a common-sense leader who is standing with us and remaining accessible to all of his constituents,” stated Frank MacKay, chairman of the New York State Independence Party in a release. “We have supported Tom in his four previous races for Congress and we are proud to endorse him again this year.” 

Reed was first elected to Congress in 2010. A number of Democrats are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Reed in November.

Most recently, those in the running were Rick Gallant, a teacher from Corning; Ithaca businessman Ian Golden; Max Della Pia, retired Air Force officer and attorney from Owego; Linda Andrei, a retired cardiologist from Tompkins County; Jamestown attorney Eddie Sundquist; and Tracy Mitrano, an internet policy expert.

Reed represents the 23rd district that covers a slew of Southern Tier counties and parts of the Finger Lakes including Yates County and, in Ontario County, the towns of Manchester, Hopewell, Phelps, Seneca, Gorham, Geneva, part of Naples and the city of Geneva.