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2017 Rochester Mayoral Race

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.

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.

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Another wrinkle in the ongoing issues surround a possible televised debate for the Democratic Mayoral candidates in Rochester.

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is holding a forum for all of the mayoral candidates, not just those in the September 12 primary. That forum is scheduled for September 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

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. 

The debate featuring the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the Rochester mayoral race - Lovely Warren, James Sheppard, and Rachel Barnhart, is Thursday, September 7.

AM 1370, WRU88.5 FM, and WXXINews.org will have live coverage of the debate starting at 5:30 p.m. The debate is hosted by News 8  and the League of Women Voters. Adam Chodak will moderate the debate. 

On this edition of Need to Know, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle stops by the WXXI Studios to weigh in on the state of the White House, ethics reform in Albany and the race for Rochester mayor.

Also on the show, it’s pivotal for healthy brain development and it’s a key weapon to help fight obesity in youth. By why aren’t more kids in our region doing it? We’ll examine the State of Play.

And we’re taking a break from the mayoral campaign trail and transitioning to…the nature trail to learn about the person behind the politician.

WXXI asked all the candidates in the race for Rochester mayor for an opportunity to get to know them better….as a person and not a candidate running for office. We figured tagging along as they partake in one of their favorite pastimes was a pretty good way to get a glimpse inside their lives. On this segment of Need to Know it’s Green Party candidate Alex White. 

It’s been 200 years since the birth of the Erie Canal. While it was a game-changer in our nation’s history, on this edition of Need to Know we discuss whether it still carries economic weight.

Also on the show, what you may not see on the campaign trail in the race for Rochester mayor. This week we’re tagging along with Alex White to learn about the person behind the politician.

And, our Top of the Class series continues. We’ll talk with a recent high school grad with big goals to help create unity in our society through architecture and sports. 

We continue or series of conversations with candidates for Rochester mayor. Green Party candidate Alex White joins us for a second time. He says his vision will help alleviate the city’s long-standing issues with poverty, public safety, vacant properties, and poor school performance.

We talk to him about his platform and ask our questions and yours.

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