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Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards has had no conversations with third-party representatives about the November general election, he said in a release distributed Monday by City Hall.
Richards remains on the lines of the Independence Party and the Working Families Party, after losing the Democratic Party primary to City Council President Lovely Warren.
Stephen Corryn, chairman of the Independence Party of Monroe County, released a statement Sunday night encouraging voters to vote for Richards on Nov. 5.
“On Sept. 17, I announced that I was ending my campaign for re-election due to personal circumstances that demanded my attention,” Richards said in a three-paragraph statement Monday. “That continues to be true following the passing of my son Matthew.
“At the time of my announcement, I also stated that I was not going to entertain political speculation. That also continues to be true. Since that time, I have been concentrating my time on my family and on my job as mayor. I have not had any conversations with any political party leader regarding the mayoral election.”
Warren defeated Richards in the Sept. 10 primary election by a margin of 57.4 percent to 41.3 percent, certified results on the Monroe County Board of Elections website show.
Warren received 8,772 of the 15,283 total votes; Richards received 6,309 votes.
Richards cited a difficult health challenge involving a family member as being the reason for his Sept. 17 decision. Matthew Richards died Sept. 23 after a lengthy illness.
“The announcement I made on Sept. 17 was a commitment that I made, and it remains so,” Richards said Monday in his statement. “In the coming days, I will concentrate on the matters that are important to our city’s future and I look forward to seeing my new granddaughter for the first time.”
In ending his campaign last month, Richards said his decision “will, and should, mean that Lovely Warren will be elected our next mayor.” He pledged to help Warren make a smooth transition.
“It is true that Tom Richards made a commitment to his family to not campaign during the difficult time with the loss of his son, a decision we can fully understand,” Corryn said in the Independence Party statement Sunday.
“However, that does not mean that he is not willing to continue to serve the Rochester community. Upon re-election, Mayor Richards will have the opportunity to continue to implement the strategies and policies that have been moving our city in a very positive direction.”
The true election for mayor comes next month, Corryn said in the statement.
“We encourage every eligible voter to cast their vote on Nov. 5,” he said. “You have a choice and, now, more than ever, your vote counts.”
Green Party candidate Alex White is campaigning against Warren in the general election.
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