We are about a week away from Primary Day, when Democrats will take to the polls and choose their candidates. One of the most closely watched is the race for Rochester mayor.
The Monroe County Board of Elections estimates that voter turnout next week for Primary Day will be somewhere between 34 to 36 percent in the City of Rochester.
Those will be the voters making an important decision: who will be the Democratic candidate in the race for Rochester mayor.
We're getting into the final week for these candidates, who have already done a lot of handshaking and picture posing.
"We're meeting with more people, we have a bunch of events we have to do, there's another debate tomorrow night, there's a lot of stuff that just goes with the territory this close to the final vote," said Mayor Tom Richards, D-Rochester.
"I've been walking all summer. I've been in all the neighborhoods of this city, knocking on doors, getting our message out there so that's what I'm going to continue to do," said City Council President Lovely Warren, D-Rochester.
Richards faces Warren next Tuesday in a race that they say has been about jobs, education and public safety.
In a recent YNN-Siena Research poll that took place in late July, Richards lead on issues like creating jobs and fighting crime. Warren led on improving public education and neighborhood concerns.
"In many of our neighborhoods we have a lot of work to do. I think there's a distinction between failure or unfinished. Sure we're unfinished. We're unfinished in places across the United States of America. I don't think it's fair to say that we haven't gone after this issue. There's been more investment and activity in our neighborhoods in last three to four years than there have been in the last decade," said Richards.
"That's one of the things that's most important – bringing jobs to the community, but what I think just as equally important is what's happening in our city around violence. The fact that in the last two weeks, we've had over 15 shootings and over five people dead," Warren said. "We need work towards-building this gap, making sure that people have access to good quality jobs so crime in our city can start to go down and start to cease."
Richards says he's feeling good about the campaign, enjoying the support from various groups like the unions, who stood with him Labor Day.
"It does show that what we've tried to do in the the last couple of years, and that is reach out across a broad spectrum of this community. You heard people talk here today. This is not just some business group. These are people with very progressive ideas, who represent all kinds of people and circumstances and I'm really glad to have their support. I think it helps," Richards said.
Warren says she's feeling great, and plans to stay on track with the work she's been doing up until now.
"We're just going to keep going door to door and getting our message out there and hoping that on Sept. 10 the voters in the City of Rochester, the Democrats in the City of Rochester, will have heard our message and agree with us that we will be the best Democratic candidate," Warren said.
The winner of the primary next week faces Green Party candidate Alex White in the general election in November.