CANANDAIGUA – One after another, local, state and federal candidates stressed the importance of voting at a political rally sponsored by the Ontario County Republican Committee Saturday.
“I don’t believe there is a blue wave in Ontario County,” said Trisha Turner, Chair of the County Committee. “Republicans are energized and excited to get out and vote in a very important election.”
More than 100 people turned out for the rally Saturday morning at the County Committee headquarters on Bristol Street.
“We are proud Republicans because of what we believe in,” said Rep. Tom Reed, R-23. “I believe in the dignity of work. Give a person a hand, but put that person in the best position to succeed. Empower people for generations of opportunity.”
Reed urged people to vote to fight off “extremism on the left.”
Rep. Chris Collins, R-27, said that keeping his and Reed’s district in Republican hands might make the difference in keeping Republicans in control of the House of Representatives.
Collins, a late addition to the rally lineup, warned that Democratic control would be a “nightmare” that would bring single payer health care costing a fortune, reversal of important and needed tax reform, open borders, cutting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and taking away guns.
Turning to state issues, State Sen. Rich Funke, R-55, thanked the committee people for the work they do. “You energize us to keep on going,” he added.
Funke told the crowd that Republican governor candidate Marc Molinaro “has a plan to cut your taxes. Gov. Cuomo has a plan to raise your taxes. It’s as simple as that.”
State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54, noted that the Republican state senators are pushing back on Cuomo’s new taxes, fees and unfunded mandates, but are “hanging on by a thread” in control of the Senate. She also thanked committee members for working to keep Republicans in office.
Helming, a former Town of Canandaigua supervisor, urged town residents to support Republican Cathy Menikotz for town supervisor. Menikotz is first assistant public defender for the Ontario County Public Defender’s Office. Menikotz was out campaigning in the town and was unable to attend the rally.
State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, who is running unopposed, thanked people for voting and added that “who we don’t elect can have a tremendous effect on our lives. Vote to make sure there is no blue wave.”
On the local front, Silvio Palermo, candidate for Ontario County Sheriff, paid tribute to retiring Sheriff Phil Povero for his 28 years in office, but observed that this November’s sheriff election “is our opportunity. Our time to bring a fresh start and new ideas. I’m the only candidate with the right experience, energy and leadership background.”
Also speaking were State Supreme Court Justice candidates Ann Marie Taddeo, an incumbent seeking re-election, and Monroe County Court Judge Vicky Argento.
“A good, smart, strong and conscientious judiciary is so important,” said Taddeo.
Argento noted, “I’m so proud to be on this ticket. I’m proud to be a Republican. Let’s get fired up.”
Chair Turner introduced Ontario Coroner candidates Dr. Jeffrey Long and Scott “Scooter” Avedisian. Annie Chwiecko of the committee leadership team announced that Ontario County Judge candidate Kitty Karle was unable to attend the rally because of a family matter.
After the speakers, campaign literature and political signs were handed out to all the town and city committees in the county.