Updated 03/05/2011 10:42 PM
Stabbing Suspect's Father to Run for 26th District
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The father of a Henrietta teen charged with attempted murder is throwing his hat into the ring for a not-yet-called special election in the 26th Congressional District.
"I hope it doesn't become the issue because it's not the issue," said Marty Minemier. "He's not the issue."
Minemier said the issue should be jobs. For the last 26 years Minemier has worked as a New York State Corrections Officer. During his time at the Groveland Correctional Facility in Livingston County Minemier became a union rep. It's a role that sparked an interest in politics.
When former Congressman Chris Lee resigned Minemier decided he wanted to get involved. He submitted his name and resume as a possible Democratic candidate for the 26th District. Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan confirms that he's received Minemier's resume.
Minemier is a Henrietta resident. His son Kevin Minemier is charged with stabbing Nicole Bean, 17, at the Calkins Road Wegmans January 25th. Monroe County sheriff's deputies say the teenager was with Bean in the store when he began stabbing her in the face and hand. She sustained a serious injury to an eye.
"It's a tragedy, the whole thing," Minemier said. "I'm very sorry for the Bean girl. My heart goes out to her and her family but he's still our son. We hate the sin but love the sinner. I hope she (Bean) can see clearly and that there will be be no scars or anything like that for her the rest of her life. And that she can get over the phycological problems that I'm sure will arise for that kind of incident."
Police say a good samaritan, Mustafa Said, 17, was also cut while he and his friend Chris Patino got Minemier away from Bean.
Minemier says his son is at the Rochester Psychiatric Center. Kevin is currently charged with second-degree attempted murder and assault.