Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is declining to participate in more than one debate in the lead-up to the Democratic Primary on September 12.
This follows Warren’s hospitalization last week for an allergic reaction, prompting the postponement of the debate here at News 8 last Thursday.
Warren’s campaign sent out a note saying she will only participate in the Chamber of Commerce debate scheduled for next Thursday.
Beside’s News 8’s, the mayor had one other televised debate scheduled.
After postponing our debate originally scheduled for last Thursday, News 8 started working with a coalition of other local media to offer a suitable opportunity for Mayor Warren and her democratic opponents to participate in a televised debate at any time before the September 12th primary. The Chamber event is not logistically feasible, and we continue to pursue an in-studio opportunity to help the democratic voters of Rochester make the most informed decision.
Read the full statement from Warren’s campaign below:
“Mayor Warren remains committed to participating in a mayoral debate as she stated yesterday on WROC TV 8,” said Brittaney Wells, Friends of Lovely Warren Committee. “She has made it clear that she will participate in the scheduled debate on Thursday, September 7th. Unfortunately, having been hospitalized for six days, it was impossible for her to appear at other scheduled debates and forums. The Mayor’s doctors are still trying to find answers to the cause of her allergic reaction and have told her she can not immediately return to a full work schedule. Speculation that her health issues are politically convenient is disgraceful. Until she fully recovers, the Mayor’s number one concerns at this time are her health and caring for her daughter. As an attorney the Mayor has never shied away from a debate or from defending her record of bringing more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities to the City of Rochester. She would like nothing better than to defend her record against that of her opponents and she looks forward to debating them. The debate on September 7th is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce who have expressed a willingness to work with interested local media and other partners like the League of Women Voters and the ROC City Coalition. The Mayor would be happy to see the format of this debate include rebuttals and is open to seeking that change from the event organizers. We encourage local media and other partners who want to produce a televised debate to work together, with the chamber and other partners, to make that happen on September 7th.”