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Three left in mayor’s race

Three candidates will be on the ballot March 29 for the special election for mayor of the City of Rochester.

They are Thomas S. Richards, former corporation counsel who served as mayor for three weeks after Mayor Robert Duffy resigned to become lieutenant governor; former Mayor William A. Johnson Jr.; and local businessman Alexander White.

Richards, 67, of 57 Dorchester Road, was nominated by the Democratic Party; Johnson, 68, of 165 Castlebar Road, Working Families and Independence parties; and White, 47, of 647 S. Clinton St., the Green Party.

Ann C. Lewis, 52, of 350 Clarrisa St., who was running independently under the party she named Neighbors United, does not have enough signatures. A challenge by Mitchell Rowe, who works for Johnson’s campaign, last week succeeded in disqualifying 752 of her signatures, mostly for signers not registered to vote at the stated address. That left her with 1,180 signatures, below the 1,500 required to be on the ballot.

Johnson also filed independent petitions for a party he called Rochester for Democracy, but more than 200 of his signatures were successfully challenged by Lewis and Nicole M. Malec, leaving him with 1,388 signatures. Johnson could only appear on two party lines anyway, according to Douglas French, a deputy commissioner at the Monroe County Board of Elections. Had Johnson succeeded in getting a nomination for his independent party, it would have had to have been included on one of his two other lines.

Harry Davis, who unsuccessfully challenged the legality of the March 29 special election, as well as the authority of R. Carlos Carballada to act as mayor, did not file petitions.