Former Rochester mayor Bill Johnson weighed in on the message, or as he called it, mixed message from current mayor Tom Richards.
On Wednesday, Richards addressed a grassroots effort to revive his candidacy for the Nov. 5 election spearheaded by the Independence Party.
After losing the Democratic Primary to City Council President Lovely Warren, Richards remains on the ballot as the Independence and Working Families party candidate.
Richards suspended his campaign in September. However, he failed to disclose whether or not he'll serve if he is victorious in November.
"He could make it very simple, give a very definitive statement 'no, do not vote for me, I'm not going to serve again' and I think everybody would understand and there would be no complaints. He's given great service to this community, but he should not want to end his career on such a divisive, and this is divisive, note," Johnson said.
Johnson says Richards should be working with Warren on a transition plan as he believes Warren will be the next Rochester mayor.