Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren wins 2017 Democratic primary election

Warren comes out on top in three-way primary race

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has won the first big test in bid for re-election.  

In an overwhelming victory Tuesday, Warren came out on top in the Democratic primary for Rochester's Mayoral race, defeating challengers James Sheppard, a county legislator and former Rochester Police Chief, and former journalist Rachel Barnhart, who both conceded after the election results became clear.

At her primary night celebration, on the top floor of the Strathallan Hotel, Warren told News 8's Jordan Guerrein in a live interview, "I'm feeling excited, but I'm thankful. I'm thankful to the citizens of Rochester, those that came out to vote in this Democratic primary, for understanding the vision that we have for our city, and making sure that we move our community completely forward. I'm just truly appreciative."

Warren won with 62% of the vote, with more than 12,000 city Democrats casting a ballot in her favor. The rest of the votes were split between Jim Sheppard (22%), and Rachel Barnhart (16%).

During her victory speech, Warren thanked her family, friends, and supporters for helping her towards another four years in office, though she said the fight is not over. She faces a Republican challenger, Monroe County Legislator Tony Micciche, and several third-party candidates in November.  


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