Romeo wins race for 136th Assembly nomination

September 13, 2018 11:42 PM

Jamie Romeo won the Democratic nomination on Thursday night for the state's 136th District Assembly race.

Romeo, a favorite of party leadership, was surrounded by plenty of leading local Democrats during her results party on Thursday. They included the man she is replacing, Assembly Majority leader Joe Morelle, who is leaving his seat to run for Congress. Her likely future colleague Harry Bronson was also present.

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Morelle's departures had opened up a three-way race among Democrats between Romeo, real estate agent Todd Grady, and the head of the Rochester Chapter National Organization for Women, Jaclyn Richard.

This came after Morelle held the seat for more than two decades, providing a rare opportunity for any candidate. 

"Thank you to everybody here for the time you spent knocking on doors, talking to voters, making sure that they got out and voted," Romeo says, "But the work is not done. We still have an election in November that is very important. We have an important member of Congress we need to send [Morelle] and I know we have so many strong partners in government. I can't wait to get started."

Grady, one of her opponents, said that he was inspired by his showing despite not winning the nomination.

"It was a tough run," he says, "but it was very invigorating. I would tell anyone who's ever considering this to go for it, because you can make a difference." 

There is still the general election in the fall, but there is no Republican running against Romeo, making her election almost a foregone conclusion. 


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