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Rob Ray elected mayor of Rochester for 2018

Rochester city councilman Rob Ray on Monday, November 27, was elected mayor of the city of Rochester through November of 2018 by a unanimous vote from his fellow city council members.

Ray, who is serving his second term on council since being elected in 2013, was nominated for mayor by councilman Ben Giovanelli. No other council members were nominated for the position.

Ray, who works as a financial advisor, thanked council members for their vote of confidence, as well as council members' families for their patience for the time that council members put into their positions.

Council also elected current councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Kim Russell to another term in that position, which will expire in November of 2018. Council approved the motion 6-1, with councilman Stuart Bikson dissenting.

Ray, whose father spoke and congratulated his son at the meeting, said his father raised him on the Cub Scout motto to "always do your best."

"You will get that from me, and for the city, you will get that from the council," he said.

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