City Councilman Adam McFadden running for Congress

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - City Councilman Adam McFadden has announced that he is running for Congress' 25th District of New York - the seat previously served by late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

McFadden shared the news Friday morning on his Facebook profile and later released a statement.

His statement reads:

“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for Congress 25th District of New York. During my term as a Rochester city councilmember, I gained an understanding of the complexities of city government including its capabilities and limitations.

“Most importantly, the primary role of any elected official should be to be an advocate for the people of their district. There are many issues that will come before us in the next two years. They include healthcare, gun law reform and education. In addition, we need to strengthen our community foundations to bring more jobs to Greater Rochester.

“Second, the Congress member should be a vital and active communications link between the people and the federal government. In my role as a long-time councilman and business executive, I’m constantly in touch with both citizens and business owners. I understand their needs and desires.

“Third, as a congressman, I can be a valued partner with our Mayor and County Executive, by taking advantage of my experience, skills and perspectives, gained from my 25 years of being an organizational leader and community activist.

“Fourth, because of this experience, I have “people skills” that can be used to bring people together toward common goals and unity. The most difficult job of being an elected official is to put people first, most struggle with this but my history and track record reflects a willingness to address tough issues on behalf of our most vulnerable population.

“I look forward to a positive primary election campaign, meeting citizens, and tackling challenges. The Democratic Party is blessed to have talented candidates who are willing to run and debate on important issues”.

McFadden is the Vice-President of the Rochester City Council and Executive Director of Quad A for Kids.

He made his official announcement Friday night at Brue Coffee on Genesee Street.

"We need ideas. We need leadership. And we need results," McFadden said at Friday's announcement. "And anybody that knows me and my work, I've always walked, in my words, with action. My legislative action has backed up my word."

Several Democrats are already vying for the seat, or considering a run. Assemblyman Joe Morelle has already announced he is running for the seat held by late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for more than three decades. Brighton Town Councilmember Robin Wilt confirmed her candidacy for the seat to 13WHAM earlier this week. Rochester School Board President Van White and former local news personality Rachel Barnhart say they are considering running for the position.

Dr. Jim Maxwell announced his candidacy back in January. He is running on the Republican ticket.

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