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Monroe County Executive candidates hit the streets to campaign Independent voters

June 23, 2019 06:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — For the first time in a long time, Independent voters will be heading to the polls for a primary election.

Independence Party voters will be choosing who should represent their party as the candidate for Monroe County Executive in the November election. 

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Republican County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is facing off against Democrat County Clerk Adam Bello. 

"I know that members of the Independence Party haven't had a chance to vote in a primary in a very long time and they're energized as well,” Dinolfo said.

Swaying independent voters already presents its own set of unique challenges and, under new state laws, this year the primary election is being held months earlier than in the past. Dinolfo says she's telling Independent voters to look at her current record as county executive.

"The message is very clear to make sure we support good government, we make sure we are supporting our children, families, our businesses ensuring that people in Monroe County have the opportunity to prosper here at home,” Dinolfo said.

Dinolfo says in her tenure she's added thousands of jobs and lowered taxes, her competition Adam Bello is skeptical about her claims.

"These aren't Democrats, these aren't Republicans, these are independent minded voters that just want to see something get done,” Bello said. “This is a really good opportunity to go out and ask for their support and see who can have the independence party line.”

There are more than 20,000 registered independence party voters in Monroe County. Whoever secures the party line could have an advantage in the November election. Bello says he's been door to door hoping to get voters in line with a change in leadership.

"It's a good number of people there and that's why this election is important to get as many voters as we can out on Primary Day to send a message that we're looking for some new leadership and new energy,” Bello said.

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