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2 Democrats announce run for NY-137, Gantt 'undecided' about running for re-election

WHECTV
Updated: January 06, 2020 11:06 PM
Created: January 06, 2020 10:30 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There could be a changing of the guard in the 137th Assembly District of New York.

Longtime Assemblyman David Gantt told News10NBC on Monday night that he is undecided about whether he will run for re-election or not.

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The Democrat has held the seat for 37 years.

Gantt attended a legislative meeting on Monday night, where two other elected Democrats made clear they plan to run for the seat regardless of Gantt’s decision.

School Board Commissioner Natalie Sheppard and County Legislator Ernest Flagler both say they will mount a challenge.

"At the end of the day, I want to make a difference and I want to be able to see what we can do to make some changes," County Legislator Flager said.

"You definitely cannot do this job and do it well and say that you're committed if you're thinking it's going to be a part-time basis,” Commissioner Sheppard said. “So I've been putting in full-time work for a part-time stipend and I’m OK with that because I’m here to do the work and here to see the change."

On Monday night over the phone, Gantt said he will wait to hear more from his doctors before making a decision.

Gantt has been battling health issues for the past couple of years.

He told News10NBC it won’t be long before he makes up his mind, and that the seat doesn’t belong to him, so Sheppard and Flagler have every right to run against him.


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