Three attorneys vie for one seat on Rochester City Court

Three local attorneys are running in the Democratic primary to be held Sept. 13 for an open seat on Rochester City Court.

Gil Perez, Michael López and Barbara Farrell are running for a seat to be vacated by Justice Melchor Castro, who is retiring.

López received the nomination from the Monroe County Democratic Committee, according to monroedemocrats.com. Born in Darien Center, he graduated from SUNY Brockport before attending law school at the University of Wisconsin. López has worked with a Jesuit human-rights organization in Bogota, Colombia, and currently works for the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.

A native of Cuba, Perez moved to Rochester with his family at age 8. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1982 and earned his law degree at the Indiana University School of Law in 1985. After graduation, we worked as an assistant public defender in Monroe County. In 1991, Perez opened up the Law Office of Gilbert R. Perez.

A lifelong Rochester resident, Farrell earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the UR and went on to earn a law degree from the Western New England College School of Law. She has owned a private practice for 20 years.

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