Rochester Mayor Reacts to Election Results

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren refused to play Monday (or, in this case, Wednesday) morning quarterback this election cycle.    

“I can’t talk about what ifs. I don’t know. What I do know is that it is important to me to have a working relationship with the County of Monroe,” she said. That’s why Warren said she chose not to endorse fellow democrat Sandy Frankel for Monroe County Executive.

It’s a decision some political experts find strange. “This is politics. Everyone expects you to endorse the members of your own party,” said Nazareth College Political Science Professor, Dr. Timothy Kneeland. “They’re not going to hold it against you. I was kind of struck by that and I think it did hurt Sandy in the long run.”

Voter turnout didn’t help either. The Monroe County Board of Elections last reported 22 percent of city voters cast their ballots on Tuesday. That’s compared to 31 percent of suburban voters.

“Had Lovely Warren come out and strongly endorsed Sandy Frankel, maybe done a little door to door with her, I think that would’ve increased some of the turnout,” Kneeland said. “I don’t think anything she did suppressed the vote. It just didn’t help the vote,” said James Bowers who is Chairman of the Political Science Department at St. John Fisher College. To be clear, neither expert thought an endorsement would’ve affected the outcome of the race.

Elaine Spaull reclaimed her city council seat in Rochester Tuesday. The fellow democrat is not blaming the mayor for low voter turnout.”We had uncontested races which had as much to do with it as anything. If you have an uncontested race in the 23rd, in the 24th, in the 21st, than you really don’t have the energy,” Spaull said.

Energy is one thing. Unity is another. And, Warren is now saying both are needed to give democrats a fighting chance moving forward. “It’s time that we may need to come together and regroup and talk about where we go as a party in our future.”

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