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Mayor Richards to address re-election question

Rochester, N.Y.   On Wednesday, Mayor Tom Richards will address the question about whether he will serve if re-elected.

The Independence Party is pushing for Richards' re-election even though the Mayor stopped campaigning after losing the Democratic Party Primary to City Council President Lovely Warren.

Some of Richards' top staff members are helping with the effort, noting that Richards' name will be on the ballot on the Independence and Working Families lines.

Tuesday night Richards said, Nothing has really changed as far as I'm concerned. I'm on the ballot; I can't do anything about that. And people will do what the people choose to do. My position hasn't changed. It's a little complicated in terms of how this process works itself out, and we'll talk about that tomorrow."

The New York State Board of Elections says if Richards won and if he chose not to take the oath of office in January, the position would be considered vacant.

Filling the vacancy would be up to City Council and the city charter.

Mayor Richards will make more public statements on the issue Wednesday.  We'll have those for you as they happen on 13WHAM.

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Washington Times