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Democrat Ted O’Brien Launches State Senate Campaign
Today, surrounded by friends, family, and supporters, Monroe County Democratic Legislator Ted O’Brien formally announced his candidacy for the New York State Senate’s 55th district. In announcing his candidacy at the Monroe County Democratic Convention, O’Brien noted the support and endorsement he has received from Democratic County Chairman, Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle. “I am running for State Senate because our community deserves a state senator who is committed to fighting for middle class families each and every day,” O’Brien said. “In these tough economic times, I recognize that we have plenty of work to do to create more jobs, further reduce taxes, and ease the burdens on entrepreneurs willing to start a business. As County Legislator I opposed tax increases at every turn and made sure that our county government was living within its means. It is well past time for this kind of leadership in the State Senate.” A lifelong resident of Monroe County, Ted O’Brien has represented the 17th District in the Monroe County Legislature since 2004. Also a member of the Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce, Ted currently serves on the ways and means committee and is the leader of legislature’s Democratic caucus. He has built a reputation as an independent leader committed to streamlining county government and focusing on lowering property taxes throughout Monroe County. “Ted and I have been friends and colleagues for more than 20 years,” said Chairman Morelle. “In that time, I have known Ted to be a tireless advocate for the taxpayers of Monroe County. Ted has a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing Western New York and is well equipped to work with Governor Cuomo and I as we work to keep taxes low, improve our schools, and expand economic opportunities for Monroe County families. Ted O’Brien would be a fantastic State Senator. I am proud to call him a friend.” Currently a partner in the Rochester New York law firm of Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch LLP, Ted earned his JD from Syracuse University in 1982 after gaining his undergraduate degree from Union College. Ted lives in Irondequoit with his wife and their two young daughters. -30-

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