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Mayor's Race Underway As Local Dems Start Making Picks

<span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">There are no campaign signs yet and no tv ads but behind the scenes, Rochester's mayoral race is already getting heated</span>
There are no campaign signs yet and no tv ads.
But behind the scenes, Rochester's mayoral race is already getting heated.
Incumbent Mayor Tom Richards is seeking his first full time and going head to head with Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren.
City Democrats are now choosing who they want to support in the run for mayor.
On Saturday, both mayoral candidates went before the city's 24th Legislative District to get its support.
The 24th LD represents the South Wedge area of the city.
"The mayor's race came out as 35 votes for Tom Richards and 9 votes for Lovely Warren," said Joe Rittler, leader of LD 24.
Richards' record is a factor.
"I think that Tom has been responsive to our committee. I think he has been a good mayor, he has a lot of support in our district and I think that he has been a good mayor and he shares our values," said Rittler.
Mayor Richards won a special election in 2011 and is finishing up the term of that now.
"It's gratifying that I got all of the votes that I did, people know me now they know what I have been doing and if they didn't like me they would have said something," said Mayor Tom Richards, (D) Rochester/
The city has 9 legislative districts. So far, Richards and Warren have tied in just one district, with most votes going to Richards.
"It's what I expected, you go through the process because that is the process," said Lovely Warren, (D) Mayoral Candidate.
It's not clear how divisive this race could get.
Warren was one of Richards' biggest supporters in the past. Both say they don't want to make this personal.
"It's a little uncomfortable but I respect her as a person, I respect her as a council member," said Richards.
The difference may be on how each solves issues. Warren is focused on neighborhoods.
"It has to come from the mayor's office and leadership and when you only talk about the dolllars and cents and not what matters to the people, there is time for a change," said Warren.
Richards is focused on downtown development, housing, and financial challenges.
"I am happy to run on my record and what the city's problems are and addressing them," said Richards.
Warren says designation or not, she has plans to run in a primary.
"At the end of the day, I think that the voters of the city need to be able to decide who is their next mayor," said Warren.
There are still more designations needed from several other legislative districts in the city.
After that, the party will hold a convention to officially designate its candidate.
The candidate must receive at least 50-percent of the weighted vote.
Other candidates can run in a primary by getting enough petition signatures to get on the ballot.
A primary would be held in September.
    
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