For Saratoga Springs, 2013 was a year of transitions. It was an election year featuring high-profile political campaigns, a controversial ballot initiative, and plenty of new faces getting in place for 2014.
On January 1st, 2013, former Saratoga County Clerk Republican Kathy Marchione left her position of more than 15 years to become state Senator for the 43rd District, a seat long held by Roy MacDonald. In February, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Democrat Peter Martin to the clerk’s office.
Saratoga Springs attracts many people who flock to the small city to see sites like the race course, Yaddo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the historic downtown. But during election season and even in the weeks after the final votes have been counted, campaign signs dominate the landscape.
Democratic Saratoga County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen has defeated Deputy Saratoga Springs Mayor Shauna Sutton — a Republican — in a close race that will make Yepsen the next mayor of the Spa City.
At the end of the election night party where candidates and supporters watched results come in, Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko introduced Saratoga Springs Democratic mayoral candidate Joanne Yepsen before a crowd of supporters.
With primary season over, campaigns across New York are looking toward November. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard sat down with the Republican and Democratic candidates for Mayor of Saratoga Springs, who shared their ideas on some of the key issues facing the community.