Malik Evans wins primary election for Rochester mayor |

Malik Evans wins primary election for Rochester mayor

Malik Evans speaks on June 22, 2021 after he won the Primary Election for mayor of Rochester. Photo: News10NBC. Malik Evans speaks on June 22, 2021 after he won the Primary Election for mayor of Rochester.

Updated: June 23, 2021 06:00 PM
Created: June 22, 2021 10:29 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — City Councilman Malik Evans won the Democratic Party primary election for Rochester mayor.

Evans addressed his supporters Tuesday night, saying he will "take Rochester all the way to the top."

He declared his plan to put Rochester into the top echelon of American cities where it belongs. And, right out of the gate, he talked about the urgent need to address violence on Rochester's streets to make our communities safe.

Evans quoted Dr. Benjamin Mays, a mentor of Dr. Martin Luther Jr., in asking what do we do with the precious few minutes that we have in this world.

"You know, Dr. Benjamin Mays, who was Dr. King’s mentor, said, ‘I have only just one minute, 60 seconds in it. Forced upon me, can’t refuse it. Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it. But it’s up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it. Give an account if I abuse it. Just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it.’"

"So, I ask you Rochester, what are we going to do?" Evans continued. "With the minutes that we have? What are we going to do with those 60 seconds that we have? And I submit to you, I submit to you that we need to make sure that we keep our city safe, that we have a system where our police officers are guardians and not warriors. I submit to you that in that minute, in that 60 seconds, that we ensure that our streets are safe and that we stop the bloodshed that we have seen over the last six months."

WATCH: Malik Evans address supporters after win

Eight years ago, Warren surprised a lot of people in Rochester when she beat Mayor Tom Richards in the Democratic primary.

Now Warren has experienced that same defeat, losing to Evans by approximately 6,000 votes. 

Here’s part of what Warren told a small gathering of supporters late Tuesday night. 

"With me, running was about my daughter and all the little Black girls of this city. It was about letting them know that no matter what comes your way, you will never, ever give up," Warren said. "You don't quit. You don't walk away. Challenges will come, but I can assure you that no matter the challenge, no matter the challenge, you will get through it."

In her speech, Warren told her supporters to support Evans and his new administration. 

She told the crowd that she doesn’t regret “one thing” and told them “my journey isn’t over yet.” 

There is no Republican candidate for mayor. Warren is not running on any other line, so she will not appear on the ballot during the general election on Nov. 2. That means the race for mayor is effectively over. The mayor’s term ends at the end of the year.

Evans joined News10NBC on Wednesday for an in-depth interview on his plans as Rochester's next mayor.

WATCH: In-Depth: Interview with Malik Evans after primary election win

With Tuesday night's races across the board, the winning candidates of each party will go on to face the winning candidates of the opposing party and any third-party or independent candidates in the general election.

Anyone who wants to register to vote for the general election has until Oct. 8 to apply. Click here to register to vote.

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