Dinolfo, Bello battle over Independence Party line

June 25, 2019 07:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- In Monroe County, several primary races are on the ballot, including county executive.

Independence Party voters will decide whether incumbent Republican Cheryl Dinolfo or Democrat Adam Bello will run on the party line in the November general election.


Right now, both candidates in this race have two lines on the ballot in November. Dinoflo has the Republican and Conservative lines. Her challenger, County Clerk Adam Bello has the Democratic and Working Families lines.  But the two have been fighting over this Independence Party line for months. It was even brought to court where the judge demanded the issue be settled on primary day.

Only those who are registered members of the Independence Party in Monroe County can vote in this race Tuesday.

What makes the line so coveted is there are roughly 21,000 members of the party — and they turn out. Back in 2015, Dinolfo gained about 4,000 votes on that line. Originally, Dinoflo had the support and backing of the local Independence Party but then the state Independence Party endorsed Bello thus the lawsuit that ensued.  

The outcome of Tuesday's primary election is important because this race is expected to be tight, and this will give either candidate an extra line on the ballot over the other.

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