Baxter defeats O'Flynn in race for Monroe County Sheriff

The two candidates - Republican incumbent Patrick O'Flynn and Democratic challenger Todd Baxter - both cast their votes earlier in the day Tuesday.

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - One of the most closely-watched races in Monroe County was the one for Monroe County Sheriff.

After 16 years, Republican incumbent Patrick O'Flynn was defeated by Democratic challenger Todd Baxter.

The race brought many voters out to the polls in Monroe County.

O'Flynn had held the position of sheriff for the last 16 years. But Baxter is well known within the community for his years serving as police chief within the Greece Police Department, then as Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center before retiring.

As O'Flynn cast his ballot in the morning, he said he believes his track record is what will bring people out to vote for him.

Baxter countered that he believes it is time for a change in the Sheriff's Office and hopes that voters agree.

"They have been running the same platform for six months," Baxter said. "I think it's time for a change. I think there's a leadership paradigm that needs to be changed at the top of the organization to bring this new vision to the Sheriff's Department and hopefully the voters agree with that."

Baxter said as sheriff, he would be more "out in front" on issues such as the opioid crisis.

You can see the full results of Tuesday night's election here.

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