It's official: incumbent Tom Richards is the favorite mayoral candidate for Rochester city Democrats as they head into what's sure to be a heated primary this fall.
The outcome was expected, and if you believe the mayor, the margin of victory wasn't even close.
Tom Richards won the Democratic designation for Mayor of the City of Rochester in the race upcoming this fall.
Richards won with almost 57 percent of City Democratic leadership. That means the rest of the Democrats are behind Lovely Warren in her bid to unseat Richards for mayor.
Warren, the current City Council president, only spent about five minutes here at the Democratic designation meeting before leaving.
Richards stayed to accept his designation for this fall, and says he's confident in his bid for re-election.
Warren, meanwhile, believes another term for Richards would be a disaster for poor city neighborhoods. She is staying in the race.
"This is the margin we expected. We've expected it now for about a month, and the margin we got is the margin we expected. I'm happy with it, happy with the support I got and I appreciate it," said Richards.
"You can sit up there and you point to the fact that, 'Oh, we spent $1.7 billion in neighborhoods in the last ten years, and if that is indeed the case, then where did all the money go?" asked Warren.
Lovely Warren says her campaign for mayor officially reboots beginning next week, leading up to a mayoral primary this September.