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Democrats confident Congresswoman Slaughter’s seat will be filled by their party

Many of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s friends and constituents gathered at the Monroe County Democratic headquarters Saturday to remember her while looking to the future of the 25th District. Democratic party leaders are confident the seat will be filled by someone in their party. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – Republican Dr. Jim Maxwell is the only candidate currently on the ticket for the November election. Despite the fact there are no Democrats on the ticket, Democratic party leaders tell 13WHAM News they're confident the seat will be filled by someone in their party.

Many of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s friends and constituents gathered at the Monroe County Democratic headquarters Saturday to remember and share memories of her.

Marilu Aguilar emotionally read a heartfelt letter for the person she calls her hero.

“Today we mourn. Tomorrow we carry on your legacy," Aguilar read aloud.

Aguilar worked on Slaughter's Congressional campaign and walked alongside her in the Women's March last January while looking to the future of the 25th District.

“She has been a fixture in my political life,” said Aguilar. "What we need is a strong candidate - somebody who is high profile, lots of experience, right kind of experience, and who can connect with people."

The Democrat has held the seat for more than three decades

"I love the fact that she got involved, because she wanted to save a grove of trees here in WNY,” said Brighton Democratic Committee member Candace Baker Leit. “Her legacy is amazing. I hope we can find somebody that will be there to carry on her great legacy of advocacy."

Jamie Romeo, chairwoman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee wouldn't say if the party has a candidate in mind, but said she's confident the seat will remain blue.

"She built her career into representing everyone in this district,” said Romeo. “We are now championed with upholding that legacy."

It's up to Governor Cuomo to hold a special election for Slaughter's seat. His spokesperson told 13WHAM the governor hasn't mentioned anything yet as it's too soon.

The general election is in November.

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