Two Latinas running for office

ROCHESTER — Two local Latina residents are running for elected office this fall.

Yversha Roman is running to represent the 26th District in the Monroe County Legislature. Maritza Buitrago is the first Latina to run for Monroe County Family Court Judge.

Roman, assistant director of school-based programs at the Center for Youth, has served on several boards, including the Genesee Waterways Center. A native of Puerto Rico, she moved to Rochester with her family when she was 4 years old. She will run against Anthony Micciche, the Republican incumbent, for the district that covers the city’s west side and parts of Gates and Greece.

Also a Puerto Rico native, Buitrago began practicing law in 1999 at the Legal Aid Society after teaching in the Rochester City School District. A year later, she joined the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office. She later served for a year as assistant attorney general in the Rochester regional office and returned to the public defender’s office in 2009.

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