Signing Off in Rochester

A Rochester, NY Anchor/Reporter has signed off, but she's not heading into PR.

It appears she's going into politics. 

WROC Anchor/Reporter Rachel Barnhart signed off from the station and will likely step toward running for elected office.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports that Barnhart and the station confirmed her departure this week, but she declined to discuss her plans in detail. She is widely expected, however, to announce a challenge to Assemblyman Harry Bronson, D-Rochester, in the state Democratic primary election on Sept. 13.

“I’m leaving to pursue new opportunities," Barnhart said. "I’m extremely grateful for WROC’s support over the last few years I’ve worked there.”

Barnhart's contract at the station is up at the end of the month.

Bronson kicked off his re-election campaign last week at Monroe County Democratic headquarters, with Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, and Mayor Lovely Warren speaking in support of him.

If Barnhart runs, she would do so without backing from local Democratic party leadership. The Monroe County Democratic Committee and the state Working Families Party have endorsed Bronson.