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Palumbo, Unrath both vie for mayoral seat in Canandaigua

Two people are running for mayor in Canandaigua- and the winner will be the first to serve a four-year term.

Mayor Bob Palumbo, a Republican, is running for re-election. He defeated longtime Democratic Mayor Ellen Polimeni two years ago.

Now, Dan Unrath, who won an election at the same time to fill Palumbo’s former seat on City Council is running for mayor. The Democrat is hoping to be the first to serve the four-year term.


The pandemic posed challenges, but at the end of the day- Council was credited with having worked well together. “The issues and the problems that came up were totally different than what I expected but I think that made it a very interesting year,” Palumbo told the Canandaigua Messenger.

While Republicans have not yet announced a slate of contenders for seats that are up this fall- a number of Democrats are already filling those spots. That’s a major reason why Unrath decided to run. “I just feel like the team that is running for at-large is so strong I wanted to be on their team,” Unrath said. “In terms of governing the city, it’s a team.”

He was first elected to city council in 2019. He’s served in a number of community roles over the last two decades.



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