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3-term mayor takes on ex-CEO in election

The special election for mayor of Rochester pits a former three-term incumbent against a Democratic Party nominee who once headed the Rochester Gas & Electric utility.

Voters will decide Tuesday who should succeed Robert Duffy, who became New York’s lieutenant governor in January.

William Johnson Jr., a political outsider when he became the city’s first black mayor in 1994, is seeking a fourth four-year term as an independent. The 68-year-old Democrat stepped down in 2005 and said he’s running again to give voters a choice among Democrats.

Duffy was replaced by 67-year-old Thomas Richards, who resigned as acting mayor after just 18 days in office to clear the path for him to compete in the spring election.

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