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Monroe County Democrats choose Tom Richards as official party nominee for mayor

Posted at: 05/16/2013 9:54 PM
Updated at: 05/17/2013 5:51 AM

Monroe County's Democratic Committee is putting its support behind Mayor Tom Richards in this year's election.

With all of the votes in, Mayor Richards had a larger tally than Lovely Warren. News10NBC has a call in for the exact numbers. Last month, her campaign was upset after the party chose Richards as its official nominee even though three city committees hadn't voted at that point. Back then, party chairman Joe Morelle said those committees chose when to hold their votes and Richards already had 53% of the possible total. Morelle said then there weren't enough votes left to change the outcome.

The campaign said then it showed a disconnect between the party and African-Americans in the city.

News10NBC spoke with both candidates following the results Thursday.

Lovely Warren, running for mayor, said, "Is this about race? Absolutely not. This is about the neighborhoods that continue to get left behind. This is about this community that needs to find re-balance."

Mayor Tom Richards said, "I'm very committed to the future of this city. That's really what I'm doing in my life right now and so, I'm honored to have the opportunity to do and appreciate the fact that people have their faith in me."

Mayor Richards is running for his first full term in office. He won a special election in 2011 after former mayor Bob Duffy was elected lieutenant governor. If Warren wins, she would be the youngest mayor and the first woman to hold that office. Also running is Green Party candidate Alex White.