James Sheppard took another important step toward the Democratic nomination for Rochester Mayor tonight by winning nearly 60 percent of the total vote of the city's Eastside committees. Nearly 200 grassroots Democrats from the 21st, 23rd, and 24th committees voted.
Sheppard previously won the support of the 7th, 26th, and 28th districts in the city's Northwest, and tonight won the 21st and 23rd committees on the Eastside. However, four large Democratic committees, the 22nd, the 25th, the 27th, and the 29th, have not voted yet and the race remains very competitive.
Taken together, the almost 300 grassroots Democrats from the six committees who have voted so far represent a broad and diverse spectrum of Rochester, from Charlotte, Maplewood, and JOSANA; to Park Avenue and the Neighborhood of the Arts; to Beechwood, Upper Monroe, and North Winton Village.
“Over the past three months, I have made over 600 phone calls and visited more than 250 homes to share my vision for Rochester’s future and I am gratified by the support I have received so far for my candidacy,” Sheppard said. “But I know that obtaining the Democratic Party’s designation remains very much an uphill battle against a sitting mayor.”
“I will continue to work as hard as I can to earn the support of every remaining committee member who will cast a ballot in the designation process,” he said. “My message to each will be the same—whether they are poor or affluent; Black, White, or Latino; straight or gay. As a community, we are stronger together. My vision for our future is one where we work side by side, every day, to restore Rochester’s promise by creating good jobs, vibrant neighborhoods, and excellent schools.”
“Rochesterians need more than empty slogans and media stunts,” Sheppard said. “They need a mayor committed to partnering with citizens, neighborhood organizations, developers, employers, labor, and educational institutions to get Rochester working again, for all of its people. That is my commitment to members of the Monroe County Democratic Committee and to all Rochesterians.”
With his wins tonight, Sheppard continues to build a strong case for why he should be Rochester’s next mayor.