Kathy Sheehan joined by her husband and son as she gives her victory address at the Pump Station, September 10, 2013.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is now poised to become the first woman to ascend to the post of Mayor of Albany - Sheehan took the Democratic primary by a substantial margin tuesday night over former Councilman Corey Ellis. Sheehan is now the presumptive winner of the November general election, due to Albany's heavy Democratic enrollment. A win in the fall would make her the first new mayor after twenty years of Jerry Jennings and the first female mayor in Albany's history. Sheehan promised change during her campaign, and hinted there may be many changes ahead Sheehan gave both her own and Corey Ellis' campaigns high marks - in November she will face Republican Jesse Calhoun, Conservative Joe Sullivan and a few minor party candidates.
Primary Day is in its last few hours, with Albany Democrats going to the polls to effectively choose the next mayor. Democrats hope the change of guard will stimulate voter turnout, but many polling locations throughout the city have been moved, which could possibly discourage some voters.
The Capital City's first new mayor in 20 years is expected to be all but decided today. With party enrollment heavy on the Democratic side, observers say whoever takes the primary is the presumptive winner in November. Recent polls show City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running ahead of former Councilman Corey Ellis on the path to succeed two-decade incumbent Democrat Jerry Jennings.
With what is likely to be a decisive primary just a day away, Democratic Albany mayoral candidates Kathy Sheehan and Corey Ellis are both ready to rumble. Despite Sunday's YNN/Siena poll giving Sheehan front-runner status, Ellis believes he'll make a strong showing.