Posted at: 03/22/2013 9:02 AM
Updated at: 03/22/2013 2:11 PM
On Friday morning, City Council President Lovely Warren officially announced her candidacy for the office of Mayor of Rochester.
Warren, who has served on City Council since 2007, will challenge current mayor, Tom Richards. This will force a democratic primary for the position.
Mayor Tom Richards responding to today's announcement saying, "I have always made it clear that I do not have a political agenda. Instead, I have a city agenda, one that puts Rochester’s 210,000 residents before any other consideration. Part of the agenda is to focus and finish the initiatives and development that are underway to transform our city. This is why I am seeking a second term as Mayor. I want to see our city transformed into a place that has better school performance, improved housing and job opportunities and safer, lively neighborhoods. When I was asked to join city government by Mayor Duffy, our goal was to make Rochester the best mid-sized city in America. My goal is to focus and finish and make that a reality. We are seeing reinvestment and renewed confidence in our city. We are seeing our diligent efforts pay off for the training and hiring of city residents and minorities for city funded projects. Our police and fire departments are improving their diversity. Much remains to be done but we are clearly on the right path towards our vision of Rochester as the best place to live, work and raise a family."
Rochester business owner Alex White has also announced he will run for the job on the Green Party line.
There is no word yet on if the Republican party will put a candidate up for election.