LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The GeneseeSun.com’s Meet and Greet ‘Q and A’ will take place tonight with 14 candidates agreeing to participate from 6 different Towns.
The GeneseeSun.com invited all candidates in contested races to participate and as of 9:45 a.m. Thursday, 7 have declined, 24 have not responded, and 14 have accepted.
Who shows up from Avon appears to be up in the air as party infighting is creating a powder keg of political drama.
A postcard signed by Town Councilman Tom Mairs, who is on the Livingston County Republican Committee, was sent out to voters endorsing fellow Republican Jeannie Michalski and Democratic candidate Malachy Coyne. Mairs now joins fellow Town council Member Jim Blye in publicly snubbing Jim Harrington, who also won the Republican party endorsement. In the judicial race, Jan Cole is running on a third party line against Judge Michale Torregiano, a Republican.
“Avon is a very interesting community when it comes to politics,” said Josh Williams, Publisher of the GeneseeSun.com. “There is one thing that Avon doesn’t like, and that’s a bully. If Avon voters see elected officials jumping party lines and trying to push around voters, that could backfire and Harrington and Coyne could emerge victorious. You definitely know where Harrington stands on community issues, even if you disagree. Although some elected politicians don’t like that attitude, I know a lot of Avon voters do. Without a doubt, the race for Avon Town Council is going to be a close call.”
Michalski, Harington, and Judge Torregiano all initially accepted the invitation and have since declined. Their opponents, Coyne and Cole, will be participating.
The format of the event has been set so that if a candidate has no opposition at the event, they will have the mic for 2 minutes and 30 seconds to discuss whatever issue matters most to them. For contested races, each candidate will briefly introduce themselves, and then respond to questions submitted to the moderator, Josh Williams. The GeneseeSun.com has also hosted a Mayoral debate in Avon, an Avon Town Supervisor debate, a Livingston County District Attorney Debate and a Livingston County Sheriffs debate.
The event starts Thursday night at the Geneseo Riviera at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. All candidates on the invite list are still invited to attend or participate.