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Ontario Republicans celebrate key victories in local races — including historic first

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Ontario County Republican Committee Chair, Trisha Turner, expressed her congratulations to the Republican candidates for their victories in the recent county elections.


Turner reminisced about the campaign efforts, from petitioning in cold weather to participating in parades and hosting fundraisers. She praised the combination of hard work, dedication of volunteers, and the quality of the candidates, stating, “I am thrilled to say we brought home the vote.”

In notable county races, Jean Chrisman made history as the first female Ontario County Clerk. Tom Cheney emerged as the most-voted coroner candidate, securing his new position, while Jim DeVaney won re-election. In the 7th Judicial District State Supreme Court race, Judge Alex Renzi and Joe Waldorf led the polls. The district encompasses eight counties, including Ontario. Turner also highlighted the significant wins in mayoral races in Geneva and Canandaigua, applauding Mayor Stephen Valentino’s victory in Geneva.

The election brought successes at the city council level as well. In Geneva, Republican candidates Bill Pealer, Pat Grimaldi, Pete Gillotte, and Jim Petropoulos won ward council seats, with one seat in Ward 6 remaining tied. Alexis Ogra will be the only woman on the Victor Town Board, while David Sauter was re-elected to the Canandaigua Town Board as the top vote-getter. In other towns, incumbents and new candidates backed by the Republicans, like Ruth Smith in West Bloomfield, won seats on their respective town boards. The complete election results for Ontario County are available on the county’s Board of Elections website, highlighting the widespread success of Republican candidates in these local elections.