Political party committees announce picks in local, state and federal contests in the Finger Lakes

Plenty of action taking place in the political world means more endorsements this week. Local political parties announced their picks for races in the town of Manchester, for state Senate, for countywide races for sheriff and judge in Ontario County, and forcontests in Congress.

First off, state Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, logged the support of all six county GOP chairs in the 54th district. The freshman senator and former Canandaigua town supervisor announced the endorsement as she made her re-election bid official.

“I have known Pam from the time she was a local elected official. She places public service above self and that is why she is a great State Senator. She gets out into the community and speaks directly with voters and takes their concerns back to Albany with her to fight for our region,” stated Ontario County Republican Chairwoman Trisha Turner. The 54th covers all of Wayne and Seneca counties and parts of Ontario, Cayuga, Tompkins and Monroe counties.

For Congress, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, also announced backing from all GOP county chairs in his 23rd district. Reed represents 11 counties that span the Southern Tier and part of the Finger Lakes including all of Yates County and part of Ontario County. Reed also announced he has the endorsement of the state Independence Party.

In Ontario County, GOP Chair Turner said Reed “is active in our district, holding town halls and listening to constituents about the issues that impact their lives. Tom is a fierce advocate for the future of our district and stands for our rights, such as the Second Amendment. Additionally, he supports measures that will improve school safety and the development of a comprehensive plan to address the increasing concerns impacting our youth.”

Several Democrats are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Reed in November. They include Ian Golden, Max Della Pia, Linda Andrei, Eddie Sundquist and Tracy Mitrano. A Democratic primary is likely, though it won’t be clear until after petitions are filed next month with the state Board of Elections which Democratic candidates will be on the ballot.

In Ontario County in the race for sheriff, Geneva city Democrats announced their endorsement of Kevin Henderson.

“Mr. Henderson’s thirty-three years of experience in law enforcement in Ontario County, his commitment to this county as a hard-working coroner, and his community involvement with over ten organizations and boards makes him uniquely qualified to be our next Sheriff,” stated Dominick Vedora, chair of the Geneva Democrats.

Henderson was previously endorsed by both the city and town of Canandaigua Democratic committees and the Ontario County Democratic Committee. Two Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination for the position: Bristol Town Supervisor and sheriff’s office veteran Bob Green, and Gates Police Sergeant Silvio Palermo of Victor.

In the town of Manchester, that town’s GOP committee endorsed a slate of candidates this week that include Palermo for sheriff; Scott “Scooter” Avedisian and Dr. Jeffrey Long for coroner; and Kristina “Kitty” Karle for county judge. The county judge seat has two Republicans who have announced their candidacies: Karle and attorney Edward “Russ” Kenyon.

The Geneva City Republican Committee voted Saturday to endorse Karle for county judge. "After hearing both candidates for the county judge position, our committee members felt that Karle's trial experience as an assistant district attorney and the more serious cases she handled made her more qualified to be a county judge," stated Ethel Peters, chair of the city committee.

Political Roundup, a clearinghouse of announcements and developments in local politics, runs on Fridays in the Daily Messenger. To submit an item for consideration, email senior reporter Julie Sherwood at jsherwood@messengerpostmedia.com.