Lovely Warren wins Democratic primary

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has again secured the Democratic nomination, with the winner of this three-way contest getting a major leg up at securing City Hall.

Warren defeated Rachel Barnhart, a former veteran television news reporter and Monroe County Legislator James Sheppard to win the Democratic line.

“I want a party that is strong and successful, and I am committed to working to make that happen,” said Warren. “I am convinced with our overwhelming victory tonight, the majority of Rochester Democrats are ready to move forward, and we must do this together.

Warren secured at least 62 percent of the vote, with Sheppard and Barnhart taking 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The primary was called less than an hour after polls were closed.

Sheppard was endorsed by third-parties, but said after the defeat that this is the end of this particular road.

"I entered this race, I entered this campaign to win and I entered this campaign to win in the primary, and I do support the support I've recieved from the Independence Party and the Working Families party but I also think it's important to know when to let go and move on."

Barnhart is not on any third party ticket.

“It was very clear to me going into the final weekend that a lot of voters were incredibly undecided and resistant to change," Barnhart said. "A three-way race is very hard.

"I was the underfunded candidate, I was always the candidate who was going to have an uphill battle, and I think we proved that we were a legitimate candidacy.”

Republican candidate Tony Micciche, independent candidate Lori Thomas and Green Party candidate Alex White have their sights on the mayor's office.

The general election is on Tuesday, November 7.

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