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2017 Rochester Mayoral Race

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Even with three candidates posing a challenge, the end result was never in doubt for Lovely Warren. The Democratic mayor cruised to her second term by taking 60 percent of the vote, besting Republican Tony Micciche, Green candidate Alex White, and The People’s party candidate Lori Thomas.

It has been a long campaign season, and on November 7, voters in Rochester will head to the polls to choose their next mayor. The odds are incumbent Lovely Warren will be elected to another term; she easily won the Democratic primary. But, the race isn't over yet and we invited all of the candidates to join us for a debate on Connections.

This hour, we hear from three of the candidates; Mayor Warren's representative told us she's didn't have room in her schedule for this debate. We  talk to Republican Tony Micciche, independent candidate Lori Thomas, and Green Party candidate Alex White about why they want to be mayor, and their thoughts on issues affecting our city.

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The four candidates actively running for Rochester mayor debated a number of subjects Monday night including what they would do about things like poverty, mayoral control of schools, Parcel 5 and  immigration.

The debate televised on News 8 WROC-TV with the help of the League of Women Voters included incumbent Democrat Lovely Warren, Republican Tony Micciche Green Party candidate Alex White and Independent candidate Lori Thomas. When it comes to poverty, Alex White believes the organizations that really can make a difference are not getting the support they need.

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.

PBS.org

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.

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