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Rodriguez hopes for a face-to-face meeting

By Jill Terreri

Republican mayoral candidate Sergio Rodriguez is keeping hope alive that he will meet face-to-face with Mayor Byron Brown, even as Brown has made clear he is not interested in another debate. 

Rodriguez will be at a "community discussion" at 5:30 p.m. today at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

"I really hope that the mayor will accept this opportunity to engage directly with residents," said Rodriguez, who will also appear on a Progressive ballot line. 

The event is hosted by "We are Women Warriors," who was founded by Erie County Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant, whose political fights with Brown are well-known. The media contact for this event is Karla Thomas, Brown's former human resources commissioner who was fired by the administration

The forum is an opportunity for the candidates to outline their platform and take questions, and is not a debate, according Thomas. 

Brown's attendance has not been confirmed. He won the Democratic primary in a landslide, and will also appear on the Independence and Conservative lines. 

We Are Women Warriors last made headlines for hosting a rally in support of Superintendent Pamela Brown and for hosting a forum on keeping young people out of prison. Thomas said today that the group is not political, and is focused on getting information to the community, though the husband of Grant's primary opponent took issue with that characterization in a recent letter to the editor. 

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