13WHAM News : the Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee is planning to step down from that post, perhaps as soon as this week.
Dave Garretson was elected Chairman by party leaders in September 2014. He assumed the role after longtime Chairman Joe Morelle stepped down to focus on his job as the Majority Leader in the New York State Assembly.
Garretson's election to lead Monroe County's Democrats came with some controversy. On the night of the election, a group of party members led by Assemblyman David Gantt and City Councilman Adam McFadden walked out of the meeting before voting. The sentiment expressed was that many members and communities were not taken into account during the selection and election process.
"We're Democrats, we're already disagreeing with one another and (that) will continue," Garretson said on the night of his election, while vowing to work to unite the party. "When we disagree please remember, the things we have in common vastly outweigh our differences."
In January, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley shocked the county's political landscape by announcing she was leaving the Democratic Party and seeking re-election as a Republican.
On that day, Garretson released a statement that read in part, "The voters of Monroe County deserve a strong and independent prosecutor. The Democratic Party will be fielding such a candidate this fall." At present, the Democratic Party has not fielded a candidate for D.A.
Atop the Democratic ticket this fall is former Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel, who is running for Monroe County Executive for the second time in four years. She will challenge Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County's Clerk.
Sources indicate Garretson will reference personal reasons for his departure, but specifics were not offered. The party's Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday when many expect Garretson to make this announcement.
Garretson did not return phone calls to 13WHAM News on Tuesday. A spokesperson did not provide comment.