Lovely Warren

Lovely Warren

Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester

“When I was in college, I had an opportunity to do an internship in New York State Assembly and I was assigned to assemblyman David Gant, who was the first African American elected to State Office from Rochester, N.Y. and that is where I learned public service. That is where I learned about taking care of the community, just being mentored by David Gant was inspiring. When I came back home from Albany Law School, I saw a lot of things happening in the community that I loved, and some of those challenges were disheartening and I wanted to do something about it because I care about Rochester and I care about the people who live here.”

“I would say there is a difference between being a politician and being a public servant. In 2005, this was a lesson I learned. When you're in elected office, it is about the people you serve. You have to recognize that you are there to serve the people, ALL of the people, and you need to represent them. Even when you may not agree with some positions, you need to be able to articulate the reasons why and at least be in a position where you can speak to the issues that are concerning the community that you are serving.”

“Never give up, get involved within the community, even if it is on a smaller scale. Start reaching out, we all know someone in need of help or guidance and if you can be that shining light for individuals, then be that. Start WHEREVER you are, one of my biggest pet peeves is litter. If everyone just took their own block and say to themselves, ‘I’m not going to accept this on my block anymore.’ We would change the mindset and culture in our people and in our children, that this is not acceptable. It would also give a sense of pride within the community, when you can look around and see the flowers and see it look good. Start wherever you are.” 

Talker of the Town, Photograph via City Newspaper

 

Shelley Moore Capito

Shelley Moore Capito

Megan Barry

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