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All day Wednesday, people in the city of Rochester waited to see if Richards would accept a second term if elected on the Independent and Working Families lines.
"I have said I am not running, I endorse Lovely, I'm done," said Mayor Richards.
But it's what he didn't say that has people talking. He side-stepped an opportunity to try and put the kabosh on a website urging people to "Turn Out for Tom."
"I didn't know they were doing it, they don't have to ask my permission, I have no control over them.
TurnOutforTom.com is a grassroots effort supported by the Independence Party, that's doing Richards campaigning for him.
"You want me to stop what other people do, and that I can't do," Richards said.
Each statement by Richards' was interlaced with continued support for Warren and he reinforced that there is no campaign activity on his part.
Lovely Warren says the grassroots effort is driven by selfish needs.
"I think that one of us can tell people how to vote, but if the person that you want to see elected is supporting someone else, I think that you can just infer," Warren said.
Democratic Party Chairman Joe Morelle responded to Richards' statements, saying Richards has been sticking to his word since the primary.
"I don't think I've ever heard him ask for a vote. I think what he said is, and he said this today, I wanted to be mayor, but I don't need to be mayor. I thought he answered very appropriately and I take him at his word," Morelle said.
So for those not looking forward to seeing Warren replace Richards in City Hall, is your vote for the current mayor worth it?
Green Party candidate Alex White says why vote for someone who isn't earning it.
"We need to talk about how to make Rochester better. It's not talking about, 'wow I really wish this guy was doing something,'" said White.
Richards says if he wins the November election and declines to accept another term, an interim mayor will serve until the secondary election next fall.
With less than two weeks until Election Day, Richards has left the door wide open.
"If it happens, it happens, and there's nothing I can do about it," Richards said.
Election Day is Nov. 5.