One Republican and One Democrat make up the two political newcomers trying to replace late Rep. Louise Slaughter in Congress.

One Republican and One Democrat make up the two political newcomers trying to replace late Rep. Louise Slaughter in Congress.

One young Democrat who'd never run for office, was already campaigning at the time Rep. Slaughter died.

"I see people as people," Democratic candidate Andrew Gilchrist said. "I don't see people as dollar signs."

A Rochester entrepreneur and business student, Gilchrist said that his campaign to unseat Rep. Slaughter has turned into a push to convince voters that he's the right democrat to succeed her.

The most prominent Democrats in the 25th Congressional District are holding off on saying which of them might step up to run for Rep. Slaughter's seat.

Assemblyman Joe Morelle, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello haven't talked about running.

Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander told News10NBC that such talk would be premature during this time of mourning.

Gilchrist announced his candidacy just last week.

"I have been working to build a coalition outside of the party, working through progressive groups and other community leaders so that I could establish myself, and build a relationship that will last beyond election," he said.

Whoever the Democrats pick will likely face Rochester neurosurgeon Jim Maxwell, the endorsed candidate of the Republican and Conservative Parties. Maxwell said that he dreams of softening the bitter political rancor now infecting Washington.

"I think we have to solve the health care problem," Maxwell said. "I think it has disappeared off the national radar screen lately in terms of the political side of things. We have to go back and visit that and solve that. We have to solve the opioid crisis."

Gilchrist and Maxwell both said that their campaigns to replace Rep. Slaughter don't change their own admiration for the woman whose seat in congress they're trying to win.

"Our politics were so much different," Maxwell said. "But her love of her constituents is something that I think will be her legacy and something that I would like to emulate."

Maxwell acknowledged that he's running in a heavily Democrat district but he said that much of his message transcends parties and speaks to what people in the Rochester-area need.

If any other candidates want to run for Rep. Slaughter’s seat, they have until April 12 to file their petitions.