McConnell seeks sixth term
By Jeffrey Pieters
Jean McConnell, who has represented the 3rd Ward on the Rochester City Council since 1987, announced Monday he will seek a final, sixth term this fall.
He made the announcement during a lull in the council's weekly Committee of the Whole meeting.
McConnell, 81, said he made the announcement to answer questions he's heard lately about whether he'll run again.
He said he spent the last several months assessing his interest in pursuing another term.
"I haven't felt better in years," he said. "I feel absolutely tops, mentally and physically."
McConnell is the first declared candidate in the 3rd Ward, though candidates have previously announced themselves in other city races. Filing for city offices opens July 2. Election Day is Nov. 5.
McConnell is regarded as the most fiscally conservative council member, promoting what he describes as "common-sense government."
He has been an outspoken advocate of bringing competition to Rochester's cable television market and said Monday he'll "never stop my crusade on that."
Because of redistricting, the makeup of the 3rd Ward has changed from last election. The ward now includes more newer neighborhoods and fewer older ones. McConnell said he expects the reconfiguration will be a challenge to him in his campaign.
He said he hopes 3rd Ward voters pick him for his experience.
"I am absolutely opposed to the theory of the indispensable man," McConnell said. "I am not indispensable. No one is. But I am highly qualified."