2018 Republican Candidates

Cathy Menikotz

Cathy Menikotz - Town Supervisor

Cathy Menikotz is the endorsed Republican Candidate for Town of Canandaigua Supervisor.  She and her husband Mike moved to Canandaigua to raise their daughter in this beautiful community.   

Cathy graduated from Albany Law School in 1987 and has dedicated her 31 year legal career to public service and protecting the rights of every citizen.  Cathy has also dedicated her personal life to service in the community; she is a current board member for the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center and past board member for the Canandaigua Montessori School.   Her experience as an attorney in public service has given her the experience necessary to be financially responsible with taxpayer funds, to find new and effective ways to operate within a budget and to be a leader in town hall as well as representing the town at the County Level.  

Cathy’s daughter, Jennifer, is in the 8th grade at St. Mary’s School and her husband is a retired detective.

Pam Helming, State Senator, NY 54th District

Pam Helming - Senator, NYS 54th District

New York State Senator Pam Helming and her husband, Gary, have been residents of Canandaigua for over 30 years and have raised their two children, Catherine and Evan, in the local schools and community.   

Senator Helming is a longtime community volunteer and Town of Canandaigua Republican Committee member. Elected in 2016, Senator is currently serving her first term in the New York State Senate representing the 54th Senate District.   

Her desire to make a difference in the community led to public service, first as a Canandaigua Town Board member, later as Canandaigua Town Supervisor, and now as New York State Senator for the 54th District.  

From supporting numerous measures to stimulate job growth, advocating for the agricultural industry, and fighting to help communities struck hard over the past couple of years with devastating flooding, people throughout the 54th District benefit from Pam’s tireless efforts for their behalf.   

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Kitty Karle for Ontario County Judge

Kristina "Kitty" Karle - Ontario County Court Judge

Kitty Karle is the endorsed candidate of the Ontario County Republican Party and for good reason.  She has the most experience, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, in the cases that will be brought before the County Court.  Please read the "Letters to the editor" on the Media-Press page for other opinions on Kitty's capabilities and qualifications.  Also see her webpage; https://karleforjudge.com/ and Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/karleforjudge/

Kitty's mission statement:

All of us are a culmination of all our life experiences, both personal and professional, which refine, direct, and complete us. Running for District Attorney for this county that I love so dearly only solidified my conviction and commitment to serve and to pursue justice in our great county. I am committed to working hard to earn your support. I have the experience, knowledge, and skills required to be your next Ontario County Court Judge, and I would be honored to serve you.

Silvio Palermo for Sheriff

Silvio Palermo - Ontario County Sheriff

Silvio Palermo is also a fully endorsed candidate of the Ontario County Republican Party. He brings with him experience at many levels of law enforcement, and political experience that will serve this county for decades to come.  He is the right man for the job at the right time.  Please visit his website https://www.silviopalermoforsheriff.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SilvioPalermoForSheriff/ pages to learn more about Silvio and his background and level of committment to this community.

Other Endorsed Candidates

Gary Baxter, Ontario County Treasurer.

Gary Baxter - Ontario County Treasurer

Gary Baxter is seeking re-election as Ontario County Treasurer. He has held the position since 2005 and is a passionate and effective County Treasurer.

Dr. Jeffrey Long - Ontario County Coroner

Dr. Jeffrey Long - Ontario County Coroner

Dr. Jeffrey Long announced he is running for re-election for Ontario County Coroner. Dr. Long has been a coroner in Ontario County since 1990.

Scott Avedisian - Ontario County Coroner Candidate

Scott Avedisian - Ontario County Coroner Candidate

Scott 'Scooter' Avedisian announced his candidacy for Ontario County Coroner. Avedisian recently retired from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department and is seeking his first term as Ontario County Coroner.