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Incumbent T.J. Jean to face two mayoral challengers in Rochester races

ROCHESTER — Residents will have a lot on their minds as they decide on a three-way race for mayor and choose from a bevy of candidates for police commissioner, City Council and the School Board today.

Incumbent T.J. Jean is defending his bid for reelection for a third term against Dennis Hancock and Fred Leonard.

All three spots on the police commission are being contested. Two incumbents James McManus Jr. and David Winship Jr. are being challenged by former city councilors Derek Peters and Lucien Levesque for Wards 1 and 2 and in Wards 3 and 4, respectively. In Wards 5 and 6, it is a three-way battle between former city councilor Bruce Lindsay, retired Rochester police Officer Tony Macaione Jr. and Planning Board member Robert Jaffin.

Meanwhile, there are three contested races for the School Board: Incumbent Caroline McCarley faces off against Ray Turner in Ward 2B; Doris Gates is challenging incumbent Karen Stokes in Ward 5A; and incumbent Anne Grassie defends her at-large position against Kathy Dunton.

The following incumbents are running unopposed: Audrey Stevens in Ward 1B, Daniel Harkinson in Ward 2A, Julie Brown in Ward 3A, Anthony Pastelis in Ward 4A, Susan O’Connor in Ward 4B, Paul Lynch in Ward 5B, Pat Carroll in Ward 6A and Robert Watson in Ward 6B.

Newcomers Jenn Bryant and Matt Pappas are also running unopposed in Wards 1A and 3B, respectively.

Residents in each of the six wards will also elect moderators, ward clerks, supervisors of the checklist and a selectman.

Polls are scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the city. The polling locations are: Ward 1 in VFW Post 1772 at 43 Highland St., Ward 2 in St. Mary Parish Center at 71 Lowell St., Ward 3 in the Lilac City Estates Clubhouse at 2 Roseberry Lane, Ward 4 inside The Home Depot at 228 N. Main St., Ward 5 in the Rochester Community Center at 150 Wakefield St. and Ward 6 in the Elk’s Lodge 1393 at 41 Columbus Ave.

For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 332-2130 or visit

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