Congressional race between Singletary and Morelle very close

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Almost exactly one year ago, former Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary announced he was running for Congress. And, tonight, the race between he and democrat Joe Morelle appears very close.

Singletary became a republican a couple of months before he started to run. He’s touted his bona fides as a police officer to deal with crime and safety.

We were with Singletary when he voted early this morning in Henrietta. He said it was surreal to see his name on the ballot and vote for himself. He’s never been a candidate before.

“Today is a take that I cast, like many other New Yorkers for a referendum on common sense solutions, as well as a referendum on putting people over politics,” said Singletary.

Congressman Joe Morelle voted early in Irondequoit. Midterm elections are always difficult on members of congress if they are in the same party as the president. The money shows this race is close. The national parties have dumped tens of thousands of dollars into the race for commercials.

Rep. Morelle said, “But this is really the time. Democracy is really about individual voters. We’re not a country that the leader makes decisions. This is where the voters, the citizens decide who they want to lead.”

I will be with the Singletary party tonight in Greece. Jennifer Lewke is with Morelle.