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Rome Mayor Brown to run for third term; Fusco to challenge once again

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Rome Mayor James Brown is running for office once again.

Mayor Brown says that despite the economic challenges facing the city, he wants Rome's top position for a third term.

He held a news conference Wednesday morning at Rome Strip Steel to make the announcement and was joined by his family, as well as several local officials, including County Executive Anthony Picente.

Brown says Rome Strip Steel has managed to weather the recession, and that the City of Rome can stand to learn a lot from them.

He also touched on the soaring cost of gas prices and says Rome needs to be proactive.

"We are living right now in the biggest transition the world has seen," Mayor Brown said. "You think industrial revolution, this is 10, 20, 30, 40, 100 times more crucial. It's all about you and the grandkids, and if we don't start forming a sound foundation, we're not going to leave ourselves in a good situation."

Meantime, Joe Fusco, who ran against Brown previously, says he is planning on running again. Fusco said he is currently seeking the endorsements from the local parties and that an official announcement on his candidacy is forthcoming.

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