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Mayor Richards talks future on WHAM1180

Rochester, N.Y. -- Mayor Tom Richards answered the "What if?" question to Bob Lonsberry on WHAM1180 Monday, the day before polls open.

Bob Lonsberry asked on his morning talk-radio show: "If you are elected, will you serve?"

Richards responded, "If for some reason I got elected mayor, I would be the mayor."

Listen to more of the interview here:

The campaign to re-elect Mayor Tom Richards has picked up momentum, money, and attention in the community despite backing a candidate who has publicly endorsed his opponent.

Richards lost the Democratic Primary in September, ended his campaign a week later, and endorsed City Council President Lovely Warren who defeated him in that primary. Yet Richards remains on the November ballot thanks to previous nominations on the Independence and Working Families Party ballot lines. Green Party Candidate Alex White is also running for the second time.

"There is an energized group of people out there that believe in Tom Richards they believe in what he's done, they believe in him as a human being," said Thomas Cray a spokesman for the "Turn Out For Tom" campaign.

Cray said he has been friends with Richards since 1982 and he joined about a dozen other people who felt the same way after the September Primary loss and organized this campaign.

Richards has said he is not involved in this campaign but he also refused to denounce it and said he could not tell anyone involved to stop.

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Washington Times