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Mayor Richards ends re-election campaign
Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester Mayor Tom Richards announced Tuesday he will end his campaign for re-election.
Richards said the decision was made for personal reasons involving an ill family member. Richards claimed he never took time to consider what his chances were of winning the November election
My family has been dealing, for some time, with a difficult challenge a health challenge for one of our family members that has recently gotten to the point where it is no longer appropriate for me to continue this campaign, Richards explained.
The incumbent mayor lost the Democratic primary election to challenger Lovely Warren September 10 by about 2,200 votes. He was still on the ballot to run on the Working Party and Independent Party lines in November. However if he had chosen to run, he would have had to do so without the Democratic Partys support or financial backing.
"The city has been good to me and good to my family," Richards said. "Ive tried to use my skills and experience to the benefit of all and to keep us moving in the right direction. I will leave it to others to judge if I have done a good job as mayor."
Richards added he will be mayor until the end of the year and will continue to work hard for the City of Rochester until then.
There are a lot of the projects we're in the middle of here and we're in the middle of them, he said. You don't get to stop here. You don't get to say, Well, I'm not going to run again so I guess I'll go home.
Richards said he has given little thought to what he will do next after he is no longer mayor.
Richards also said Warren should be the next mayor and encouraged everyone to support her.
Warren released this 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."