Mayor Tom Richards further clarified his position on what he'll do if he's reelected on Tuesday. In an interview on WHAM 1180 and in a statement, Richards said he would remain mayor if he gets enough votes.
In a statement, Richards said:
"Today I was called by local radio personality Bob Lonsberry, who asked about my intention should I receive enough votes tomorrow to win the election. I reiterated my belief, that to my mind, not campaigning means you do not win the election. I am surprised to find out that the efforts of the Independence Party are far more extensive than I imagined. As I have stated, I have had no contact with that effort. The scope of the Independence Party campaign makes me realize that there is a possibility that I could be the top vote getter. I have said that I would deal with that possibility when and if the time came. Mr. Lonsberry and others have been pressing for a clarification. At bottom, if I receive more votes than other candidates, I am the mayor. I would never abandon that responsibility and would serve as mayor for as long as it takes to ensure the continued growth and stability of our city. This is a commitment I that I will stand by. It was never my intention to walk away from this responsibility and honor. Rochester is my home, will continue be my home and I will serve the city to the best of my ability."
Richards lost the Democratic primary to Lovely Warren. He dropped out of the race, but supporters have been campaigning on his behalf. Those supporters include some of his friends and city employees. Richards said on the radio that he didn't know who was behind the campaign, being led by the Independence Party. Richards remains on the Independence and Working Families party lines.
"Everyone else seems to know who is behind it, I don't know why he wouldn't. They actually work for him," said Green Party candidate Alex White.
"I believe the best person for the job at this point in time happens to be a woman and her name is Lovely Warren and that's why I'm out here campaigning," said Warren. Richards endorsed Warren when he dropped out, but did not reiterate that support on Monday.