This time around, incumbent Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has had far too many scandals to survive.
Tuesday night, the embattled Democratic mayor was hammered in the polls, by primary rival Malik Evans, a fellow Democrat.
Who was first elected in 2013, Warren, will not run on another party line, essentially assuring city councilman Evans will become mayor of Rochester.
Evans easily won the election, receiving 66 percent of the vote.
Last year, Warren made national news for her handling of the Daniel Prude case. The entire Rochester Police Department (RPD) leadership staff resigned in September over the case’s handling and Warren’s actions, including then-Police Chief La’Ron Singletary.
Singletary said at the time, a veiled shot at Warren, “As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character,the events over the past week are an attempt to destroy my character and integrity. The members of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester Community know my reputation and know what I stand for. The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for.”
Warren fired Singletary after he announced his resignation. Soon later, the former Rochester police chief filed a notice of claim with the city, accusing Warren of repeatedly urging him to lie about the Prude case, citing defamation of character, hostile work environment, and unjust and retaliatory termination.
Singletary said in the filing, “I repeatedly refused to lie for Mayor Warren, pressure to support Mayor Warren’s narrative also came from other city officials.”
The New York Times said that Warren was then indicted on two felony campaign finance counts, which “threatened to remove her from office if she was convicted.”
Warren’s home was also raided last month in conjunction with a seven-month-long drug investigation. Timothy Granison, the mayor’s spouse, was arrested and charged with two drug offenses and one firearms charge. The following are some of the key takeaways from the press conference delivering the unexpected news, as reported by The Daily Wire:
- Granison’s arrest was part of a seven-months-long investigation; he was not the initial target
- There were numerous warrants executed on Wednesday night, in addition to the Granison/Warren home. Seven locations were hit between Wednesday night and Thursday morning and more arrests are expected.
- At the time of the arrest, only the couple’s daughter was home, prompting questions from reporters concerning potential child endangerment charges in relation to the gun charge. Doorley refused to comment but noted more charges are coming.
- There have already been 2 kilos of crack cocaine confiscated from the busts, which equates to a street value of more than $60,000. Three firearms have been confiscated and more than $100,000 in cash was recovered.
- Doorley would not confirm nor deny Mayor Warren’s potential involvement in the investigation, including wire-tapping.