Monroe Co. Dems announce two candidates for County Family Court

Zuleika Shepard (L) and Fatimat Reid (R) are each running for two open seats on Family Court. (Photos: MCDC)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Two Democratic candidates for Monroe County Family Court could be a historic first for the county if they are elected.

Zuleika Shepard and Fatimat Reid are each running for two open seats on Family Court.

If they are elected, Shepard and Reid will be the first women of color to be elected to the positions.

The two were announced Monday by the Monroe County Democratic Committee.

Shepard currently serves as a Deputy County Attorney for the Monroe County Law Department and prosecuted hundreds of domestic violence cases as an Assistant District Attorney.

"I was raised in a single parent home in the city of Rochester," Shepard said. "My family lived 'paycheck to paycheck.' I have sat in the same city school classrooms and walked the same neighborhoods as many of the children. I can understand the struggles that many of the urban youth face and I want to be able to show them that they can make it."

Reid is working as Chief of Staff of the Rochester City School District and previously served as an Associate Counsel in the Rochester City School District’s Department of Law.

“I have a firsthand understanding of how frightening and frustrating the Family Court process can be for children and families, especially those who are particularly vulnerable due to poverty or their minority or immigrant status," Reid said. "We need judges on the bench who can bring their first-hand experiences into the courtroom to ensure that each child that comes before that court will have confidence that their best interests are taken in every decision."

The general election is scheduled for November 6.

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