On Friday, October 11, Henrietta Supervisor Michael Yudelson announced a move across party lines from Republican to Democratic.
Citing “irreconcilable philosophical differences” with local and national republicans, Yudelson’s announcement arrived on the last day to officially change party designation prior to Election Day.
“Sadly, the Republican Party is allowing itself to be defined by extremists who put ideology ahead of governance and responsible citizenship,” said Yudelson at the press conference Friday at the Monroe County Democratic Committee building in downtown Rochester. “Moderates are losing their voice in the Republican Party, and as a result they are seeking it elsewhere. That’s why I am here today.”
The change came too late to get the Democratic line on the November ballot. Instead, Yudelson will appear on the previously secured Conservative and Independence party lines against GOP candidate, Town Board Councilman Jack Moore.
“My party affiliation has changed, but my commitment to my neighbors never will, and neither will my commitment to fiscal conservatism and personal responsibility,” said Yudelson, noting his continued commitment to a “vigorous campaign.”
Residents of Henrietta are invited to speak with Yudelson and other Henrietta election candidates at a “Meet the Candidates Night,” on Tuesday, October 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m.at Covenant Life Church, 70 Bailey Rd., in West Henrietta. All of the candidates for the Town of Henrietta will be invited to share their views, and attendees will be invited to ask questions.