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WDKX.com » Blog » Mayoral Candidates Answer Questions At Public Forum
Aug 20th 2013 6:11 am
Mayoral Candidates Answer Questions At Public Forum

All three candidates for Rochester mayor took questions from the people whose votes they'll be counting on.

Mayor Tom Richards, City Council President Lovely Warren and Green Party candidate Alex White appeared at a forum Monday night at the Lyell Branch Library. They discussed economic development and job creation, as well as their overall vision for the city, among other things.

When it comes to economic development, White says he believes the city needs to stop giving tax breaks to companies and use the full assessment value of properties.

"A lot of what we do with respect to economic development is intended to in fact produce jobs. The College Town Project is another examples of that. There are hundreds of jobs for construction there and there actually will be hundreds of jobs there, permanent jobs in that particular capacity," said Mayor Tom Richards.

"One thing that has bothered me is that we were not able to guarantee a number of city residents jobs. One of the things... in my economic development plan that I call for is a Rochester IDA. That's an Industrial Development Agency," said City Council President Lovely Warren.

Warren and Richards will face off in a Democratic primary on September 10. The winner will face off against White in the general election this November.