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Runoff Needed to Decide Rochester City Council President

Posted at: 03/20/2013 7:04 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Even though the polls closed 22 hours ago, there is no winner in the Rochester City Council president race. Randy Staver got the most votes, but not a majority of fifty percent plus one. That means he and the second highest vote getter, Michael Wojcik, will go head to head.

Both Staver and Wojcik and Staver will now have about six weeks to campaign and sway voters in their favor, and even increase the turnout.

"A lot less than I would have liked. It was 11.5%," said Judy Scherr, the Rochester City Clerk.

Only 7,145 people voted in Rochester's City Council president election.

"We always hope for many more, but we did have a very cold day, in the winter, so hopefully the next election will give us a better turnout," said Scherr.

That election will take place May 7th. Meaning Michael Wojcik will have several weeks to try and drum up enough support to beat Randy Staver, who lead by more than a thousand votes.

"We're gonna have a few weeks to talk about issues, talk about similarities, and the differences. But I think either way the city of rochester is going to have a great city council president," said Wojcik.

"We were gratified with the results we saw and now we'll sort of re-strategize and move forward," said Staver.

Both Wojcik and Staver say they are taking it day by day, and setting their sights on May.

"I bring a very consensus-driven leadership style to the council.  I've been tested in the role now for several months, and hopefully that resonates with people they fell like I can carry forward so we'll continue to the message," said Staver.

"Quality affordable housing, a better transportation system, homeless children, and partnering with the educational system. Those are things I think we can do better as a city, and that's what I'm gonna go out and talk to voters hopefully one on one," said Wojcik.

Even after that election, the city council will still not be filled. Because both Staver and Wojcik are already council members, becoming president will leave another seat open, so another election will need to be held.

If more than two people file for that position, a primary election will need to be held later this summer. If one candidate gets more than fifty percent of the vote in the primary, they will be the winner.

If they don't, the primary will narrow it down to two, and that election will be held in the fall.