Mayor Richards ends re-election campaign

Posted at: 09/17/2013 12:26 PM
Updated at: 09/17/2013 6:09 PM

It's near the end of the road for Mayor Tom Richards at Rochester City Hall. One week after his democratic primary loss, the mayor has ended his campaign for re-election.
Richards says his decision was driven by an illness in his family and that he'll support City Council President Lovely Warren in the mayor's race. 
Mayor Tom Richards said, "I think that Lovely is going to be the next mayor and that she should be, and that I'm going to work to make that successful. Now what role I would play in that, I don't know."
Richards says he will be Rochester's mayor until the end of the year. If Lovely Warren wins in November, she would be the first African-American woman and first female overall to lead the city.
Lovely Warren statement: "I want to send my deepest appreciation to Mayor Richards for his words of support. For the last three years, we have shared a passion for serving this city which we both love and are proud to call home. While in the course of the primary election we may have differed about paths and priorities, we have never differed about our feelings of mutual respect.  Along with people from across the City, my husband Tim and I send our prayers to the Richards family."
Alex White statement: "I want to thank Tom Richards for his years of service to the city of Rochester and I look forward to returning to the issues as I continue my campaign for mayor.”