30 Days Away: Candidates vying for votes

October 08, 2018 06:17 AM

We're just 30 days away from election day and candidates are working hard to win over voters. News10NBC caught up with blue and red candidates running for Congress and State Senate. These candidates are knocking on doors every day and visiting local events trying to reach as many voters as possible.

Democrat Joe Morelle is running for a seat in the House of Representatives.


If you don't vote this year I don't know what would motivate you to vote," Morelle said. "This country is at a crossroads."

Morelle says when he's out campaigning he hears voters are concerned with the economy, quality affordable health care and preserving social security. His opponent Republican and new politician Jim Maxwell is hearing other concerns.

"I think the chief (concern) is they are sick and tired of career politicians," Maxwell said. "They want a new fresh approach, they're tired of things not getting done."

Democrat Jeremy Cooney is hearing the same thing from voters. He's running for State Senate for the 56th district.

"This is a whole campaign about change and doing things differently in Albany," Cooney said. "It's about making sure we elect the next generation of democratic leaders and making sure that Rochester has a voice at the table."

Cooney is running to replace incumbent Joe Robach who has held the 56th State Senate seat since 2003.

"I try to be a very loud voice for Rochester all the time whether it's resources for education, health care, economic development, whatever it may be," Robach said.

No matter what side a candidate stands, they all face the challenge of historically low voter turnout for non-presidential years. For the last 10 years in Monroe County, the highest voter turnout was 53 percent back in 2010. Most times turnout averages somewhere between 30 and 38 percent.

The election happens Nov. 6th.


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