Barnhart obtains signatures to secure Congressional run

Rachel Barnhart secured the signatures needed to run for Congress. (Photo: Rachel Barnhart)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Former TV journalist Rachel Barnhart said she will make an announcement in the coming days about running for Congress.

This comes after the former Rochester mayoral candidate said she had obtained the 1,250 signatures needed to be placed on the ballot for the Democratic primary for the 25th Congressional District.

The seat was vacated upon the death of Louise Slaughter, a Democrat who died last month at the age of 88. Slaughter represented the Rochester area in Congress for 31 years.

“We need an energetic and progressive candidate who can defeat Joe Morelle in June and the Republican candidate in November,” Barnhart said.

New York State Assemblyman Joe Morelle announced last month he will be running for Congress. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren stood by and declared her support for Morelle at the news conference announcing Morelle's candidacy. Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden also announced his candidacy for the seat.

A number of other candidates have been working to secure enough signatures to get their names on the upcoming Democratic primary ballot, including Rochester City School District Board of Education President Van White, Brighton Town Councilperson Robin Wilt.

Grassroots candidate Richard Buckner III announced Wednesday afternoon that he would no longer be running, but would throw his support behind Wilt.

On the Republican primary ticket, Dr. Jim Maxwell is the lone candidate running to date. Maxwell is a neurosurgeon with Rochester Regional Health.

The deadline to submit signatures for a Congressional run is April 12.

According to the Associated press, 309 women from the two major parties have filed candidacy papers to run for the House in 2018.

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