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Democratic mayoral candidates debate last time before vote

Rochester, N.Y. Democratic candidates for Rochester mayor made their final plea for votes Tuesday night at the last debate before the next weeks primary.

At The Voice of the Voter debate Mayor Tom Richards and Council President Lovely Warren answered questions that ranged from education to what each candidate would show President Obama should he return to Rochester.

Throughout the debate, Richards defended his tenure as mayor and promoted his future plans.

Warren, who trails Richards in the polls, went on the offensive accusing Richards of ignoring certain neighborhoods.

Richards responded saying most of the citys budget is channeled into less-affluent neighborhoods.

On education, both Warren and Richards backed neighborhood schooling.

The two also supported stricter gun laws.

One question touched on the controversial video that caused a stir last week.

The video shows a Rochester police officer striking and arresting a woman who claims to be pregnant.

Richards says he will reserve judgment until the conclusion of an internal investigation, but added, I think it does highlight that weve built a relationship with the community (and people will now) let the process work itself out.

Our police officers need to respect our citizens, Warren said.

Asked where they would take President Obama if he returned to Rochester, both said they would show him the good and the bad.

Richards added he would tell Obama the federal program being threatened in Washington are working in Rochester.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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