Updated: June 15, 2021 01:47 PM
Created: June 15, 2021 11:12 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — 'Really?' It's the question Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren posed to viewers in a Facebook video post Tuesday afternoon, just hours after her former deputy mayor endorsed her opponent in the upcoming primary.
Former Rochester Police Chief and Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander officially announced his endorsement of Rochester mayoral candidate Malik Evans during a virtual joint press conference Tuesday morning.
Warren's response video was released just after 12:30 p.m. The video was pre-taped, with Warren standing in front of seated statues of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass at Susan B. Anthony Square Park in Rochester.
The nearly two-minute-long video featured Warren questioning Evans' welcoming of Alexander's endorsement amid calls for police reform.
"My opponent brought in the ultimate cop's cop to talk about reforming the police department, really? Warren said. "It's clear he's about only protecting the status quo."
Prior to Warren's video, Alexander said the city needed new leadership to deal with the issues it is currently facing.
"We're in a very, very different place," Alexander said, "We're struggling with a lot of social issues, and Rochester certainly is not unique to that, but I think Malik and I certainly do believe from the bottom of my heart, that he will give that community all that he has and certainly he has demonstrated that in the past."
The two have squared off in just one debate, which happened back on May 25. An exclusive News10NBC poll showed Evans lead Warren among the voter polled. The most important issues brought up among voters were crime and racial justice.
Despite the results, both candidates said they're focused on the primary, which will happen on June 22.
Early voting for the primary ends Sunday, June 20.
Check out where and when to vote by visiting our Decision 2021 page.
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