James Sheppard Responds to Designation Results: Fired Up! Ready To Go!

First, I would like to congratulate Lovely Warren on clinching the Democratic nomination tonight.

Thank you, City Democratic Committee members. I appreciated the opportunity to meet and talk with you over the past few months, which resulted in my winning the same number of Democratic Committees as the incumbent mayor - and illustrates the growing push for change in our community.

I respect the Democratic Committee process and look forward to the next stage - taking our message to the streets of Rochester.

While I truly respect the Party process, it is not a secret that no Democrat endorsed by the Democratic Party has gone on to win a Democratic Mayoral Primary in nearly three decades. 

And at a time when the mayor calls hard working party members "elitist insiders," questions the authenticity of their service to the community - and refuses to support progressive stalwarts of our Party such as Sandy Frankel and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter - we need now, more than ever, to fight for the progressive leadership and ideals that our community deserves.

I have heard the message from our Democratic voters loud and clear. From boardrooms to barbershops, people are asking for a better way. They want integrity and transparency in City Hall, and a voice in shaping a safe, vibrant, growing community.

As we take our campaign to the streets of Rochester, we are building the biggest field campaign this city has ever seen. With help from our field director, team of grassroots organizers, and enthusiastic volunteers, we are going to make sure that every Democrat knows that change is on the ballot in September. We're going door to door, neighborhood by neighborhood - and we won't take a single vote for granted. I'm thrilled to have this team with me, and can't wait to see what we can accomplish together. And I am excited to begin unveiling our detailed platform for change over the next several weeks.

For those who continue to seek real leadership, who demand more transparency and integrity in government, and who want a mayor that listens to what all of our citizens have to say - I invite you to join me as we fight to restore Rochester's promise and get Rochester working again.

Thank you,

James Sheppard