Henrietta Town Supervisor Michael Yudelson is defending his decision to switch political parties just weeks before the November election.
The longtime Republican announced in October he was joining the Democratic Party. The announcement came on the heels of Yudelson's loss in the GOP Primary to Town Board member Jack Moore.
Despite the timing, Yudelson denied he made the switch because he lost that primary.
"What I wanted to do was let the voters know what I was going to do ahead of time, so we didn't have a situation where I made a switch after Election Day and have the voters think I hadn't been forthright with them," Yudelson said.
Yudelson will not be on the Democratic line, but will appear on the ballot as the Independence and Conservative party candidate.
Yudelson apologized to reps from both parties for not notifying them before making the switch.
Yudelson's opponent Jack Moore previsously said the move has no impact on his campaign.