The Green Party of Monroe County, NY is currently seeking a candidate for a special mayoral election in Rochester. Alex White, a businessman in the town, held a press conference today with 2010 Green gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins announcing his desire to run with the Greens. A video is included below. From NBC:
Until today, there was only one candidate for mayor in the March special election. That was the current mayor Tom Richards who shed the deputy mayor title when Dob Duffy left to become lt. Governor. But businessman Alex White thinks the people deserve a choice.
White used City Hall as a backdrop to announce he will seek the Green Party nomination for mayor in the special March 29th election.
White operates a game store on Monroe Avenue and says the last two mayors have been decided in the Democratic primary. But there won’t be a primary because city council has voted 5-to-4 for a special election instead. White says, “For the City Council and the party to decide that they don’t want even that, a primary, it’s embarrassing enough already that there aren’t challengers. And then to not even to want a primary, they’re really saying ‘we don’t care what people want.’ That attitude is just so frustrating.”
From the City Newspaper:
White opposes mayoral control of the city school district, and supports a return to neighborhood precincts for the Rochester Police Department.
The Green Party is soliciting candidates to run on its line, and a questionnaire for potential candidates is online. Interviews will be January 17 to 23. After that, the party committee will meet and make its decision, which should occur no later than January 31.