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Molly Clifford to announce City Council run

Friends of Molly Clifford

A former Democratic Party leader and city staffer will announce a run for City Council on Friday morning.

Molly Clifford will make her candidacy official for the northwest Rochester district seat. Incumbent Councilwoman Carla Palumbo said this week she will not seek another term, citing new job responsibilities.

A native of the Maplewood neighborhood, Clifford has lived in Charlotte for about a year. She was chairwoman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee from 2003 to 2005 and later worked in the administrations of mayors Robert Duffy and Thomas Richards.

"I really love the city," she said Thursday. "I've been pretty fortunate to work on city issues almost my whole career."

Clifford now is executive director of Community Health Strategies.

If elected, she said she wants to focus in part on jobs and economic development to ease the concentration of poverty in the district.

Clifford will likely have to weigh in on controversial plans to develop the Port of Rochester, which is part of the district. Now that City Council has approved selling land for the first phase of the project, officials need to closely watch the developer to make sure he lives up to the city's standards, she said.

More community input is needed on the next two phases of the project, she said.

Clifford is scheduled to speak about her campaign at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Plumbers Local 13 Union Hall on Mt. Read Boulevard.