Republicans from across Ontario County came together on Saturday for a Get Out the Vote Rally on the first day of early voting. Organized by the Ontario County Republican Committee, the socially distanced event brought together candidates for office from every level.
“We are energized and strong headed into November!, said Trisha Turner, Chairwoman, Ontario County Republican Committee. “Ontario County Republicans are excited to get out and vote for candidates who support law enforcement and will fight for taxpayers. There is a lot going on in Washington and Albany, but our focus remains the safety of this community and our candidates are proud to stand with local taxpayers and we are confident these voters will be out in force throughout early voting and on Election Day, Nov. 3.”
Kicking off the rally, Congressman Tom Reed denounced recent attempts to intimidate him and his supporters and declared, “We will not be intimidated.”
Reed serves as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 23rd congressional district. The 23rd District includes all of Seneca and Yates counties and the Ontario County City of Geneva and Towns of Geneva, Seneca, Phelps, Gorham, Hopewell and Manchester and part of the Town of Naples.
“Stand up for freedom,” Reed told the rally participants at Ontario County Republican Headquarters on Bristol Street. “We will not use violence. We will use the power of Republican ideas.”
Congressman Chris Jacobs called this election on Nov. 3 “the most consequential election of our lifetime, and Republicans are fired up and ready to deliver big wins. I am honored to represent Ontario County in Congress, and I am proudly fighting for our law enforcement, a strong economic recovery, and good-paying American jobs. I encourage everyone to get out and vote on Nov. 3 or early vote now, and send a loud, clear message,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs represents the 27th District, which includes the Ontario County City of Canandaigua and the towns of Bristol, Canadice, Canandaigua, East and West Bloomfield, Farmington, Richmond, South Bristol, Victor and part of Naples.
Chris Missick, of Victor, who is running for the State Senate from the 55th District, contrasted “the very dark future with our opponents” with the “hope and vigilance of the Republican Party.” “We must never lose sight of what we have to fight for,” he added. “We will keep America great.”
“I can’t thank the Ontario County Republican Committee enough for their strong support of my campaign, ” said Missick. “The energy and enthusiasm out of this county is infectious and it is going to carry us to victory on Nov. 3. My thanks to Chairwoman Turner and her entire committee for all that they have done for my campaign.”
The 55th Senate District includes the Ontario County Towns of Bristol, Canadice, East Bloomfield, Naples, Richmond, South Bristol, Victor and West Bloomfield.
State Assembly candidate Jeff Gallahan spoke up for Upstate New York. “We are
strong and energized heading into November,” he said. “As I talk with voters across our area they are concerned with the safety of their families under bail reform and the future of our state. On Nov. 3 we are going to send a loud and clear message that the future of Upstate New York matters,” said Gallahan.
Gallahan is running for the Assembly seat in the 131st District, which includes all of Ontario County and parts of Seneca County.
Also taking the stage at the rally were candidates for 7th Judicial District State Supreme Court, including Dan Doyle, State Supreme Court Justice, Vince Dinolfo, Monroe County Court Judge, and Sam Valleriani, Monroe County Court judge. The judges were introduced by Ontario County Treasurer Gary Baxter.
Bob Palumbo, Mayor of Canandaigua, welcomed the rally attendees to the city.
Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts, who will be seeking a second term of office next November 2021, discussed the “bail reform nightmare” in New York State. “We need to be smart about our public safety,” he cautioned.
The Republican rally coincided with the first day of early voting in New York State. Ontario County voters can vote early at three locations: Board of Elections Office, 74 Ontario St., Canandaigua; Victor Town Hall, 85 E, Main St., Victor; and Geneva Housing Authority, Administration Building, 41 Lewis St., Geneva.
The early voting days and times are as follows:
Oct. 24 – 9-2 p.m.;
Oct. 25, 9-2 p.m.;
Oct. 26, 9-5 p.m.;
Oct. 27, 12-8 p.m.;
Oct. 28, 12-8 p.m.;
Oct. 29, 10-6 p.m.;
Oct. 30, 10-6 p.m.;
Oct. 31, 9-2 p.m.; and
Nov. 1, 9-2 p.m.