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2017 Election

City Council in Rochester had a number of new faces running for seats this year, but they didn’t all win the Democratic primary. What happens when you take that jump for the first time and it doesn’t work out? Do you stay involved? Do you run again?

We talk to some of them about their experiences as first-time candidates, and what’s next. Our guests:

  • Mary Lupien
  • Shawn Dunwoody
  • Dorian Hall
  • Tom Hasman

Four years ago in the Democratic primary for Rochester mayor, Lovely Warren was the underdog. The polls showed it. They were wrong.

Four years after that upset and her subsequent victory in the general election, Democratic voters again put their trust in Warren as she easily beat challengers James Sheppard and Rachel Barnhart in Tuesday’s mayoral primary.

Warren won with about 62 percent of the vote, to just under 22 percent for Sheppard and just under 16 percent for Barnhart.

Primary Races (Asterisk [*] denotes unofficial winner)

City of Rochester Mayor

Lovely A. Warren 12,370*

James M. Sheppard 4,413

Rachel A. Barnhart 3,130

Rochester City Council Democratic Primary (5 winners)

Mitch D. Gruber 7,554*

Malik D. Evans 10,555*

Marcus C. Williams 2,919

Matt Juda 4,708

Jackie Ortiz 9,067*

Dorian L. Hall 1,864

Willie J. Lightfoot 9,073*

Ann C. Lewis 3,942

Mary Lupien 6,596

Thomas M. Hasman 1,427

WXXI News provides live coverage of Tuesday night’s primary election returns. Here’s our coverage plan:

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We recently invited the “new faces” in the race for Rochester City School Board to Need to Know. We touched upon everything from poverty and equity to race and cultural competency. The candidates shared their ideas on how to help students excel academically and personally while in a district working to address its share of challenges. On this edition of the program we’ll hear from the incumbents in the race.  Current school board President Van White and current Vice President of the school board, Cynthia Elliott. There are currently three seats up for grabs on the board with 6 candidates - all Democrats - seeking a position with the decision-making body of the Rochester school system.

When Mayor Warren's health caused the cancellation of the Voice of the Voter televised debate, Connections reached out to all three Democratic campaigns to seek some time before the primary. Two of the three candidates agreed to come back on the program; the mayor's staff told us (almost two weeks ago now) that she won't have any time. 

This hour, we're joined by Rachel Barnhart.

When Mayor Warren's health caused the cancellation of the Voice of the Voter televised debate, Connections reached out to all three Democratic campaigns to seek some time before the primary. Two of the three candidates agreed to come back on the program; the mayor's staff told us (almost two weeks ago now) that she won't have any time.

This hour, we're joined by James Sheppard.

It’s one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States. So why do some battling the illness question if they’ve been forgotten? On this edition of Need to Know -- the fight to survive, to improve treatment, to raise funding and to educate - all in the name of sickle cell. We’ll hear from those fighting the disease and from those in the medical field trenches, just ahead.

Also on the show, the incumbents in the race for Rochester City School Board explain why they want four more years. But is it enough to help bring needed change to the district? 

It's the last of our second round of interviews with the candidates for Rochester mayor. Republican Tony Micciche is a county legislator who has deep disagreements about how the city is run. He says his background, which includes growing up poor in Rochester, makes him uniquely qualified. 

Improving the education of kids isn’t just about academics. In the City of Rochester it’s also about issues of equity, cultural competency, poverty, communication and parental engagement. Rochester City School students interviewed for previous Need to Know segments have shared big dreams of not only excelling but also making a positive imprint on their community. So what ideas exist to help more students with similar stories and how does that happen in a district that maintains low academic standing and graduation rates along with many other challenges? On this edition of Need to Know, some of the “new” faces running in the Democratic Primary for Rochester City School Board help answer that question and address those issues.

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