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June 20, 2018 | Press Release


Rochester, NY – Today, former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson endorsed Joe Morelle in his candidacy for House of Representatives in the 25th Congressional District. Mayor Johnson, the city’s first African-American Mayor, served three terms from 1994-2005. Prior to his election as mayor, Johnson served for 21 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Rochester.


“Joe Morelle is exactly the kind of leader we need in Congress to fight back against Donald Trump and his destructive agenda,” said Mayor Johnson. “I have known Joe Morelle personally and professionally for more than twenty years, and I have seen firsthand how he has worked tirelessly to break the cycle of gun violence that has plagued our streets, expand access to healthcare, and increase access to economic opportunity for all. In order to replace Louise’s legendary legislative achievements, Joe’s proven ability to work with members on both sides of issues will be invaluable. Now more than ever, we need people who can work together to get things done –and I believe that Joe is the right person for these critical times.”


“For three decades, Mayor Johnson has been a fixture in our community who has fought to ensure every person has a voice and a seat at the table. I am so honored to have his support,” said Morelle. “I have been proud to partner with the former mayor on critical initiatives to help expand opportunity for our community. I will work tirelessly in Washington to make sure Rochester has a strong voice and continue important efforts to ensure every person has access to healthcare, increase job opportunities for working families, and enact much-needed gun control measures to keep our streets and our children safe.”    


Morelle, who currently serves as a state Assemblymember representing the towns of Brighton, Irondequoit and parts of the city of Rochester, has spent a lifetime in public service working to advance the best interests of his community. In the Assembly, Morelle has successfully fought for the passage of legislation to support our working families, including measures to enact common-sense gun control, protect access to critical healthcare programs, uphold reproductive freedoms of women, combat and treat the spread of opioid addiction, and ensure our schools receive the essential support and resources they deserve.


Morelle has received over 30 endorsements including the Women’s Equality Party, the Working Families party, and every major trade and service union in New York State. 

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