Perinton town races could open up Lej seats


Two Perinton-based seats in the Monroe County Legislature seats could go vacant after the November elections.

Mike Barker, who's served in the Legislature since 2004, announced earlier this month that he plans to run for Perinton town supervisor; incumbent Supervisor Jim Smith isn't seeking re-election. Barker was endorsed by the Perinton Republican Committee last week.

The Republican Committee also endorsed Ciaran Hanna for a Town Board seat. Hanna has served in the Legislature for eight years.

If Hanna and Barker win their races, they'll have to step down from the Legislature. If that happens — and Perinton voters typically elect Republicans to town office — then two new Republican legislators will be appointed by the Lej president within 30 days, with input from the county Republican Party.

Perinton Republicans also endorsed Jen West for re-election as town clerk, Peg Havens for re-election to the Town Board, and Mike Arnold for re-election as town justice.