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Who’s running for Canandaigua City Council? Electeds say new faces needed

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As the November election approaches, three newcomers are running for seats on Canandaigua City Council, while another is seeking a city supervisor seat to serve on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. The Canandaigua City Democratic Committee is endorsing Michael Mills to represent Ward 1, Guy Turchetti for Ward 2, and Marcy Senglaub Bruner for Ward 3. The committee is also backing Nancy Yacci to run for city supervisor representing Wards 2 and 3.

Additionally, the committee is endorsing incumbent Canandaigua Supervisor David Baker, who represents Wards 1 and 4 on the Board of Supervisors, and incumbent Councilmember Erich Dittmar, who represents Ward 4 on City Council. Each of the seats carries a four-year term.

However, incumbent Councilmembers Karen White, Dan Unrath, and Ellen Polimeni will not be seeking reelection. White, who has served since she was sworn in in 2010 and represents Ward 3, expressed her satisfaction with the position and endorsed her successor, citing their qualifications and strong interest in the seat. Unrath, who will be 75 at the end of his term serving Ward 2, stated that the job is complicated and requires a long learning curve, and emphasized the need for younger individuals to join the council. Polimeni was appointed to the Ward 1 seat after the death of Councilmember Nick Cutri, who she knew would not seek reelection this year.

Canandaigua City Council is composed of eight Democrats, including At-Large Councilmembers Thomas Lyon, Sim Covington Jr., Stephen Uebbing, and Renée Sutton, while Mayor Bob Palumbo is the lone Republican. The city GOP will soon announce its endorsements, according to Palumbo.

As Canandaigua prepares for the upcoming election, the candidates and their platforms will be closely watched by citizens who hope to see their city represented by capable and committed leaders.