Why the Mayoral Primary is Important

The Democratic primary for Rochester mayor is considered by many to be the de facto election for the position. That's because Democrats have a 6 to 1 enrollment advantage over Republicans in the city.

Incumbent Mayor Tom Richards will face City Council President Lovely Warren in the Democratic primary for mayor on Tuesday.

As of August 1, there were 102,710 registered voters in the city. Among registered voters, 66,021 are Democrats and 11,824 are Republicans. There are several thousand Independents. More than 18,000 people did not list a party affiliation.

Turnout is typically not strong in these mayoral contests. In the 2005 Democratic mayoral primary, 21,782 people voted. Bob Duffy won that contest, easily cruising to the mayor's office in the November election.

In the 2011 special election, in which all parties could vote, 25,726 people cast ballots. The city has more than 210,000 residents. 

The winner of the primary will face Alex White, who is running on the Green Party line. There are 382 registered Green Party members in the city. White pulled 9 percent of the vote in the 2011 special election.

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