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Fair Election Practices Campaign 2020

Due to the continued State-wide and local guidance on physical distancing during the COVID-19 health crisis, the FEPC Hearing Committee will not be meeting to hear formal complaints or address compliance during the 2020 Primary Election season.  We ask candidates to self-monitor their campaigns during this unusual period.  We anticipate that the FEPC Hearing Committee process will reconvene in September 2020 for the General Election season.  New Pledge forms will be mailed to all General Election candidates at that time, including the materials required to file a formal complaint. 

The Fair Election Practices Campaign was established in the 1970s to promote issue-oriented and civil campaigning among candidates for public office. All candidates have been requested to sign a pledge to that effect. The FEPC Committee was established to hear complaints from those who feel their opponent has violated the pledge.

The League of Women Voters/Rochester Metro Area (LWV/RMA) and The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester (TIAR) select the FEPC Committee members. Two members who have been politically involved as Republicans and two as Democrats are selected. In the search for the four members of the committee, a major effort is made to select those individuals who are known for their fairness and sound judgment, and who can be relied upon to give the facts of any case their due consideration and reach conclusions based only on the evidence and not their partisan leanings.

A fifth person is selected as Chairperson. This person must possess a level of honesty, integrity and lack of bias that is recognized by the community at large.

To maintain balance on the FEPC Committee, alternates from each party are also selected to serve in the place of a committee member who is unable to participate in any particular hearing.

The 2020 FEPC Committee members are:  Rob Brown (Chair), Ralph Esposito, Susan Kramarsky, Channing Philbrick, Peter Knapp, Lois Giess, Marilyn O’Connor, Jim Peters, Sue Roberts, Patricia Knapp, Ed Jeffries, and Lynda Garner Goldstein.

LWV/RMA and TIAR look forward to a fair, issue-oriented 2020 campaign season.

Documents for the Fair Election Practices Campaign 2020

Signatories for Primary Races

Media Release

FEPC Letter to Primary Candidates 2020

Fair Campaign Pledge 2020

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