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Statement from Mayor Tom Richards

Updated: Tuesday, November 5 2013, 11:33 PM EST

Rochester, N.Y.-- City Council President Lovely Warren has defeated Incumbent Tom Richards, and Green Party Candidate Alex White in the race for Rochester Mayor. 

The win comes after Warren defeated Richards during the primary in September.

Within a week of the primary, Richards ended his campaign, and endorsed Warren.

During this time Richards son passed away after a long battle with cancer and the mayor has kept a low public profile since.

Yet, Richards remained on the November ballot thanks to previous nominations on the Independence and Working Families Party ballot lines. Independent groups such as the Turn Out For Tom campaign supported Richards re-election even though the Mayor stopped campaigning.

Statement from Mayor Thomas S. Richards Tuesday night:

I want to congratulate Lovely Warren on her victory tonight. We have already begun work on the transition and I have instructed Senior staff--and I'm asking all City employees to do whatever it takes to ensure a smooth and cooperative transition process. The job of mayor goes far beyond a single individual. It's now time for the entire community to come together and support the new Mayor and continue working to make our City great.

Statement from Mayor Tom Richards

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