Tuesday's shift of political power in Monroe County government isn't really a surprise, according to a political analyst.
On Election Day, Adam Bello became the first Democrat elected as Monroe County executive in almost three decades, defeating incumbent Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, who was seeking her second term.
Dr. Kathleen Donovan, an associate professor of political science at St. John Fisher College, says the result followed a clear national trend.
“Right now you have a president whose unpopular nationally, on average,” said Donovan. “And if you look at the larger context, things have been swinging more favorably toward Democrats."
Republicans still control the Monroe County legislature by one seat. Before legislature president Joe Carbone boarded a plane Wednesday morning, he sent a congratulatory text to Bello, saying he was looking forward to working together. Bello responded expressing a similar sentiment.
“I think people are tired, here at home and across the country, are just tired of politics, the old way of doing things, negative, divisive politics,” said Bello. “It just doesn’t work, and I think that when our government leaders are fighting it doesn’t help anybody, and everybody gets stuck."
“There are areas of compromise between the parties,” said Donovan. “It seems impossible to people because all we hear about in the news is the conflict."
As Bello gets set to assemble a transition team, Donovan says one thing in politics is a sure bet; the pendulum always swings.
“The only constant is change,” she said. “And the real question is how long will this trend last."