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Warren gets Democratic party's designation in Rochester mayoral race 

click to enlarge Mayor Lovely Warren joined with County Executive Adam Bello in June to announce a commission formed to tackle systemic and institutional inequities as well as racism across Monroe County. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Mayor Lovely Warren joined with County Executive Adam Bello in June to announce a commission formed to tackle systemic and institutional inequities as well as racism across Monroe County.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has been designated by the Monroe County Democratic Committee as its mayoral candidate.

Warren, who is seeking a third term, faces a primary challege from City Councilmember Malik Evans, who is also a former president of the city school board.

Warren received roughly 63 percent of the city Democratic committees' weighted vote during the party's designating meeting Saturday, though Evans topped her in the Southeast legislative district committees.

In a statement she said that she is “honored that my fellow Democratic leaders have recognized our progress in achieving equity by creating more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and greater educational opportunities. With their support, we’ll overcome the challenges that remain and continue to get the job done by realizing and implementing our Equity and Recovery Agenda.”

click to enlarge City Council member Malik Evans - FILE PHOTO
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  • City Council member Malik Evans
In a statement also released Saturday, Evans noted that the theme of his campaign is “building bridges,” and that’s why he “decided to avoid the divisiveness of internal Democratic Party politics by choosing not to participate in the Democratic Designation process.” Evan said that he is “incredibly humbled” to have received a significant number of write-in votes.

Evans pulled in roughly 31 percent of the weighted vote. A handful of other candidates received single-digit percentages of the designation vote.

Among the issues overshadowing this year's campaign is the ongoing investigation into the death of Daniel Prude last year and Warren facing felony charges for alleged campaign finance violations.

The primary election is June 22, and with such a large Democratic Party registration in Rochester, the winner of that primary typically goes on to win the November general election.

Randy Gorbman is the news director at WXXI News, a media partner of CITY. He can be reached at rgorbman@wxxi.org. Jeremy Moule, CITY's news editor, contributed to this report. He can be reached at jmoule@rochester-citynews.com.

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