Morelle, Democratic candidates tout campaigns in Orleans stop

Staff Reports Posted 10 October 2022 at 9:04 am

Photos courtesy of Kim Pritt

GAINES – Democratic Party-endorsed candidates for Congress and the State Assembly stopped by the Cobblestone Museum on Sunday for a meet and greet with about 40 people.

Pictured from left include Steven Holden, Jennifer Keys, Joe Morelle and Orleans County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Lewis.

Holden is running for Congress in the redrawn New York 24th district against Claudia Tenney, who won a Republican primary on Aug. 23. The district includes about a dozen counties and covers about the southern half of Orleans County

Holden served 22 years in the National Guard and U.S. Army. He lives in Central New York and works as a chief financial officer for an organization that helps military veterans receive government contracts.

Keys, a Le Roy resident and a social worker, is challenging Steve Hawley in the 139th Assembly District that includes all of Orleans, Genesee and a western part of Monroe County.

Morelle, an Irondequoit resident, has been in Congress for four years. He succeeded the late Louise Slaughter. He is running for the redrawn NY-25th district that includes most of Monroe County and an area of Orleans that is mostly the northern half of the county. Morelle faces former Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary.

Jeff Lewis, Orleans County Democratic Party chairman, welcomes the candidates to Orleans County.

Joe Morelle speaks inside the the Visitor’s Center at the Cobblestone Museum. The three candidates spoke at an event hosted by the Orleans County Democratic Party.