Shauna Sutton

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Saratoga County is preparing for its third County Clerk in three years.

Almost one year ago, former County Clerk Kathy Marchione left her post to become State Senator of the 43rd district. She’d served as Saratoga County Clerk for 15 years.

In April of 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Peter Martin as interim Clerk. But voters in November elected Martin to represent Saratoga Springs on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.

On January first, Republican Clerk-elect Craig Hayner, a Halfmoon town board member, will assume his new role.

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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.

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Saratoga Springs mayoral candidates County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen – a Democrat – and current deputy mayor Shuana Sutton – a Republican – squared off in a debate last night in the race to replace three-term Republican Scott Johnson on election day. 

The one-hour debate between Sutton and Yepsen focused on many of the issues facing Saratoga Springs voters – including the potential impact of an expanded Saratoga Casino and Raceway, calls for more EMS and fire department service in the city, and issues with downtown traffic and parking.

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.