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Rochester elects first female mayor

Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren has become the city’s first female mayor.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Warren won the mayoral election with 55 percent. She scored an upset victory over Mayor Thomas S. Richards in a Democratic primary in September.

Republicans didn’t have a candidate on the ballot in this heavily Democratic city.

Warren is a lawyer who serves as chief of staff for state Assemblyman David Gantt.

Richards was still on the ballot on the Working Families and Independence lines. He didn’t campaign and has said he supports Warren but said he hadn’t ruled out serving in the “highly unlikely” event that he won.

Richards won a special election in 2011 to fill the vacancy created after Mayor Robert Duffy was elected lieutenant governor.