Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren swept to victory in Tuesday's mayoral election, unofficial results from the Monroe County Board of Elections show. She is the first woman to be elected Rochester mayor.
With all 212 districts reporting, Warren had 55.2 percent of the vote. Mayor Thomas Richards, whom Warren defeated in the September Democratic primary, received 39.5 percent on the Independence and Working Families party lines. Richards ended his campaign in mid-September, but Monday released a statement saying he would continue to serve as mayor if re-elected.
Green Party candidate Alex White finished with 5.2 percent of the vote, the unofficial results show.
Warren’s margin of victory was nearly 16 percentage points--roughly matching her margin in the Democratic primary.
Warren, 36, is president of City Council and lead counsel and chief of staff for state Assemblyman David Gantt, D-Rochester. The Albany Law School graduate has been a council member since 2007 and its president since January 2010.
Richards, 70, won a special election in March 2011 to fill the remainder of Robert Duffy's term. The former chairman and CEO of RGS Energy Group Inc. and attorney at Nixon Peabody LLP had joined Duffy's administration in 2006 as corporation counsel. Richards became deputy mayor in 2010 and was sworn in as mayor Jan. 1, 2011, when Duffy resigned to become lieutenant governor.
"I want to congratulate Lovely Warren on her victory tonight," Richards said in a statement issued late Tuesday night. "We have already begun work on the transition and I have instructed Senior staff--and I'm asking all city employees to do whatever it takes to ensure a smooth and cooperative transition process. The job of mayor goes far beyond a single individual. It's now time for the entire community to come together and support the new mayor and continue working to make our city great."
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