Rochester, N.Y. – It appears the closely-contested race for Monroe County Family Court Justice has been decided.
Voting results released Tuesday by the Monroe County Board of Elections indicate Republican candidate Alecia Mazzo and Democrat candidate Fatimat Reid have won the race.
Reid edged out Republican Nicole Bayly by about 830 votes.
Bayly conceded the race Tuesday evening.
According to vote totals posted on the Monroe County Board of Elections website, Mazzo received 135,269 votes; Reid received 134,930; Bayly received 134,097. Democrat candidate Zuleika Shepard received 130,941. The two candidates with the highest vote totals, Mazzo and Reid, will go on to serve as Family Court Justices.
Monroe County Democratic Committee Chair Brittaney Wells released the following statement Tuesday night:
I am ecstatic to learn that Fatimat Reid will be declared the winner in the hotly contested family court race. Democratic candidates did very well throughout Monroe County and I believe voters realized that our party and its candidates are most in tune with what matters to them and their families. Whether it is fighting for better jobs; access to health care; equal rights; fair wages; social justice; better infrastructure; or a clean environment, Democratic Candidates are working hard to deliver what matters most to our neighbors all across the Rochester Area. Fatimat worked hard to run an excellent race and her experience and temperament will make her an exceptional Judge in the often difficult setting of Family Court. The Democratic Party fights and believes that every vote counts and I am grateful that once every vote has been counted in this race, Fatimat Reid will be our next Monroe County Family Court Judge.
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