Ivins returns to local politics with run for supervisor
SARATOGA SPRINGS Ken Ivins, who served two terms as Saratoga Springs finance commissioner from 2007-2011, announced Monday night he is running to represent the city on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.
The 56-year-old Republican made his announcement at a fundraising event at the new Thirsty Owl wine bar at South Broadway and Lincoln Avenue with friends, family and political supporters attending.
He noted that he was able to keep the city tax increases to zero in two of the four years he served as the city’s chief financial officer. During his tenure on the City Council, Ivins said the city lost $3.5 million in video lottery terminal revenue sharing money associated with the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Sales tax revenue also fell during this time due to the 2008 recession. Despite these events, Ivins said, he was able to leave the city in sound financial condition going into 2012 when current Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan took office, after narrowly defeating him in 2011.
The only other announced candidate for the two county supervisors for Saratoga Springs is fellow Republican Matthew Veitch, an incumbent. The other incumbent, Democrat Joanne Yepsen, is not seeking re-election, choosing instead to run for city mayor.
David Harper, the city’s Republican Committee chairman, said the committee has a mayoral candidate but this name and the names of other city GOP candidates won’t be released until mid-May.
Ivins currently works for Commercial Coverage Inc., an insurance agency in Ballston Spa. He handles the company’s IT duties and bookkeeping needs. He also maintains his own computer business, Ivins Computer Consulting in Saratoga Springs, and teaches part-time at SUNY Adirondack and the regional Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
He was also appointed last year by city Mayor Scott Johnson to the board of commissioners of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority.
Ivins has been married for 34 years and has a grown son and daughter.