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Yepsen, Johnson mull running for Saratoga Springs mayor post

Thursday, March 7, 2013
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— County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen said Thursday she is considering running for mayor this year but hasn’t yet made a final decision.

Incumbent Mayor Scott Johnson said he has made a decision regarding seeking a fourth, two-year term in office but won’t make it public for a while.

“I’ve been encouraged to run by a lot of people,” said Yepsen, a Democrat and one of two elected county supervisors serving Saratoga Springs on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.

“I serve the whole city now,” Yepsen said. She said she has enjoyed the support of both Democrats and Republicans.

The question she is asking herself at present is: “What can I do for my city in the future?”

The chairmen of the city Democratic and Republican committees both said Thursday it’s early in the political year and their full slates of candidates won’t be solidified for another month or more. Nominating petitions can’t be circulated until mid-June.

City Democratic Committee Chairman Charles Brown said “I would be delighted” if Yepsen decides to run for mayor, a part-time position that pays $14,500 per year.

The three Democrats on the City Council, Accounts Commissioner John Franck, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, and Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen, are all planning to seek new two-year terms in office in November’s election.

Brown said he expects to have a full slate of Democratic candidates for city positions up for election this year by late April.

City Republican Committee Chairman David Harper said Republican city Supervisor Matthew Veitch plans to seek re-election and he expects city Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco, also a Republican, will be running for another term on the City Council.

Richard Wirth, who served as the city Public Safety commissioner in 2010 and 2011, has expressed interest to run for that position this year, Harper said.

The city Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Italian American hall at 247 Grand Ave. to interview prospective candidates for the City Council and for the two city supervisor positions.

Those registered Republicans who live in the city and are interested in seeking public office were asked to submit a letter of intent and a resume to Harper this week.

Harper said the committee will start circulating nominating petitions for its candidates in June.

Johnson became mayor in 2008 and the Republican is serving his third term. He said Thursday he has been asked by many people to seek a fourth term in office.

He said his philosophy as mayor is to make decisions based on “what’s good for the city” and not involve political infighting.

He said he has seen too much partisan politics on the City Council in recent months.

“Politics are not my approach,” Johnson said.

 
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