Lets look at what’s at stake in a primary race against incumbent Mayor Tom Richards. As of today, neither Richards nor Warren have formally announced, so all we have is a trial balloon floated by Council President Warren. I have no doubt that Mayor Richards will announce in the near future. If Warren does choose to challenge Richards, it’s very likely that other less qualified office seekers will also throw in their hats, once again creating a very messy and contentious race, which no doubt will have long term implications for the entire community. Perhaps opening the door to someone who is not at all qualified to fill the position. This is not a gender or ethnicity contest, it’s what is the value of continuity during these fiscally challenging times. If by some unpredictable event, someone other than Richards is elected, how disruptive will a new Mayor and his/her cabinet selection need to get up to speed, and what are the consequences of those changes? The choice is, what’s best for the entire community, not just some sub-set of the community. On another point, LG Duffy did not “smack-down” Council President Warren, he simply stated his views that he thinks both are needed. That currently there is a positive synergy between Council and the Administration, which is high praise for both. As for Mayoral Control of schools, that battle needs to fought in the State Legislature, where Democratic and Republican local delegate’s need to agree that it would be a good thing for Rochester.
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