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Race for mayor enters final week

Rochester, N.Y. - The Democratic Primary for Rochester City Mayor is Tuesday, September 10 and both candidates plan to aggressively campaign until the last vote is cast.

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, both Tom Richards and Lovely Warren will square off in a Voice of the Voter Debate sponsored by 13WHAM, WXXI, the Democrat and Chronicle, WDKX 103.9-FM, and YNN.

Both Democrats were at the Labor Day Parade in Rochester on Monday where they were surrounded by plenty of supporters.

"Right now a lot of people in our city are concerned about crime and their concerned about the police-community relations, they're also really concerned about education the education of their children, said City Council President Lovely Warren.  That is what my campaign has been all about.  They're really concerned about their neighborhoods and that's what my campaign has been about.

"We've got work to do in this city, there's no question about it but we don't want to confuse unfinished with failure, said Mayor Tom Richards.  We got work to do here everybody knows that but we've been doing it and we need to make we don't just bail out on it.

A close look at the campaign finance filings of each candidate shows the Richards campaign raising and spending big money on this race.  Since January Richards reports raising nearly $300,000 and spending more than $215,000 to date. 

The Warren campaign entered this political race knowing it would operate at a grassroots level.  Her campaign account began the year with about $20,000 and she has since raised around $74,000 according to filings.  Warren has spent more than $91,000 to date and appears to be on pace to exceed $100,000 in her first mayoral campaign.

Recognizable names dot the campaign finance filings of each candidate.  Richards received donations from Congresswoman Louise Slaughters campaign fund as well as Lt. Governor Bob Duffys campaign account.  He also scored a $1,000 donation from Xerox CEO Ursula Burns.

Warren has brought in big donations from Assemblyman David Gantts campaign fund and has received significant financial support from former Rochester City School Board member Allen Williams.  She also secured a $1,000 donation from former New York State Governor David Paterson.

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