Updated: 10/23/2013 5:17 PM
Created: 10/23/2013 7:30 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
Will Rochester Mayor Tom Richards stay on as mayor of Rochester if he wins the upcoming election? It sounds like a simple question doesn't it? But News10NBC didn't get a simple answer from the mayor when we asked him late Wednesday afternoon.
Last month, Mayor Richards said he would not be campaigning in the race for Rochester mayor, even though his name will still appear on the ballot in November on the Independence line. What is the mayor going to do if he wins on Election Day? Mayor Richards says he just doesn't know.
He is not actively campaigning. He is sticking by the statement he made on September 17 where he says he is not campaigning for the mayoral race and that he is giving his money to the democratic party and endorsing Lovely Warren.
Mayor Richards will remain on the ballot on the Working Families and Independence Party lines. Richards says there is nothing he can do about it. But he did make it clear on Wednesday that he did not know that there is a group encouraging people to vote for him on Election Day.
The mayor says it isn't likely that he is going to win in November. He believes Lovely Warren will. But if he does win, he says the answer is not as simple as yes or no.
News10NBC asked the mayor if he wants the position. He says, obviously, at one point, he did because he ran in the primary. But now, he says he wants to be a grandfather more. He says his focus is to be a good mayor until the end of the year.