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Henrietta voters react to Mike Yudelson's party switch

Henrietta, N.Y. - Dorothy Hamill and Lucille Milne have lived in Henrietta for decades. Both were shocked to hear that Supervisor Mike Yudelson had decided to switch political parties after losing the Republican nomination for Supervisor in November.

Yudelson said he had been raised as a Democrat and is making the switch because he's disillusioned with a small grouo of GOP lawmakers in Washington over their involvement in the government shutdown.

Though the change is official, it won't appear on the ballot in November, but Yudelson's name is on the Conservative line.

Jack Moore won that primary in the Supervisor's race and will appear on the Republican line on the ballot in November. 

Moore, too said he was surprised by Yudelson's switch. He said he thought Yudelson should have dropped out of the race. Moore said it won't change the way he runs his campaign and he plans to visit 5,000 homes by Election Day.

Moore said he believes this is a way for the Democratic Party to get voters to the polls, even though they won't see Yudelson's name on that party line.

Yudelson defends the move, saying it won't change who he is or how he does his job.

Supporters of Moore said they don't think it will affect how people vote. Suzie and Peter Matthews said they believe most people have already made up their minds.

Some voters we spoke with did think it might win Yudelson votes from party line Democrats.

This was the last day for candidates to change party affiliation before Election Day. Democrats have a slight enrollment edge in the town of Henrietta.

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Washington Times