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Who’s running for Canandaigua City Council? Special election to fill at-large seats set

For some it might feel like election season just ended, but in Canandaigua, City Council races are already defined for November.


A special election set for November 5 will see voters choosing candidates for two at-large City Council seats, following the resignations of Council members Renée Sutton and Steve Uebbing last year. The election has attracted a mix of seasoned politicians and newcomers eager to serve their community.

Democrats Douglas Merrill, a retired professor from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Gwendolyn Van Laeken, the executive director of the Partnership for Ontario County, are facing off against Republicans Sean Buck, a local business owner, and John Nagle-Caraluzzo, who is involved in wealth management and construction.