Mayor Lovely Warren has won the nomination of Democratic Party.
The nomination became effective at the last committee vote Wednesday, but she will not officially receive the endorsement until the Democratic Party Convention on May 18.
Mayor Warren found out Wednesday night that she has earned enough votes and support through the committees’ nominating process to be the endorsed candidate of the Democratic Party.
“We will continue to run a campaign of inclusion, that welcomes a diverse group of supporters, that keeps our city on the right track, while also unifying and strengthening the Democratic Party,” said Warren. “When you see all the construction and development happening in our neighborhoods and on Main Street, it is easy to understand the progress we have made over the last three and a half years and we do not want that progress to stop. Everything we have done and continue to do is geared toward safer neighborhoods, better educational opportunities and the creation of more jobs, especially for the residents who need them most.”
Jim Sheppard and Rachel Barnhart, who are both running on the democratic ticket against Warren, released statements after the nomination was announced. They can both be read in full, below.
First, I would like to congratulate Lovely Warren on clinching the Democratic nomination tonight.
Thank you, City Democratic Committee members. I appreciated the opportunity to meet and talk with you over the past few months, which resulted in my winning the same number of Democratic Committees as the incumbent mayor – and illustrates the growing push for change in our community.
I respect the Democratic Committee process and look forward to the next stage – taking our message to the streets of Rochester.
While I truly respect the Party process, it is not a secret that no Democrat endorsed by the Democratic Party has gone on to win a Democratic Mayoral Primary in nearly three decades.
And at a time when the mayor calls hard working party members “elitist insiders,” questions the authenticity of their service to the community – and refuses to support progressive stalwarts of our Party such as Sandy Frankel and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter – we need now, more than ever, to fight for the progressive leadership and ideals that our community deserves.
I have heard the message from our Democratic voters loud and clear. From boardrooms to barbershops, people are asking for a better way. They want integrity and transparency in City Hall, and a voice in shaping a safe, vibrant, growing community.
As we take our campaign to the streets of Rochester, we are building the biggest field campaign this city has ever seen. With help from our field director, team of grassroots organizers, and enthusiastic volunteers, we are going to make sure that every Democrat knows that change is on the ballot in September. We’re going door to door, neighborhood by neighborhood – and we won’t take a single vote for granted. I’m thrilled to have this team with me, and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together. And I am excited to begin unveiling our detailed platform for change over the next several weeks.
For those who continue to seek real leadership, who demand more transparency and integrity in government, and who want a mayor that listens to what all of our citizens have to say – I invite you to join me as we fight to restore Rochester’s promise and get Rochester working again.
“The Monroe County Democratic Committee designation process is the ultimate insider game. It is a battle of two party factions who have been at odds for decades. This process has picked the eventual winner only once in the last four contested mayoral races. I’ve participated in the process out of respect for the party, to speak with committee members and for the chance to engage with my opponents.
“Warren is a sitting mayor, and it would be a huge repudiation for her not to get her own party’s nod. Sheppard, who spent the last three years trying to stack committees to rig the insider game, went in as the presumed designee, hoping the designation would cement his front-runner status.
“It now appears Warren will be the party’s designee. This would be a significant blow to Sheppard’s campaign. He is a nice, sincere man who cares about this community, but primary voters have real concerns about certain aspects from his years as police chief. The fact he didn’t vote from 1981 to 2013 is also a significant problem for voters in the Democratic Primary Election. It’s become more and more apparent at public forums that he cannot beat Warren.
“As I said, the fight between Warren and Sheppard for the designation is a fight between two decades old factions of the party elite. I’m proud to be a party outsider who is not a member of either side. I believe strongly that the only way to rebuild the local Democratic Party is to elect people who are not part of either faction. I look forward to real contest ahead –the contest for votes of city Democrats.”