GOP endorses Kelleher for Schenectady City Council seat

Thursday, April 24, 2014
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— There’s going to be a fight over the Republican line for Schenectady City Council.

The Republicans endorsed Joseph Kelleher, one of three who ran on the line in last year’s council race.

His running mate last year, Mary McClaine, immediately announced that she would file petitions for a primary.

“I am primarying him if I have to crawl up the steps to get the [petition] signatures,” she said this week.

She was hoping the Republican committee would choose her over Kelleher.

“I just feel I have more to contribute than any other candidate,” she said. “And I’ve been here 35 years.”

Kelleher is a relative newcomer, having moved here last year.

He tried to turn that into an advantage in the last campaign, saying the public was ready for “new blood.”

But in the election, he came in fifth, with 2,935 votes. McClaine got 2,500 votes.

Republican Committee Chairman Michael Cuevas said Kelleher was chosen again because he was the “most enthusiastic” about running a second time.

Kelleher said he was not dismayed by his first loss.

“So many people stood behind me last time and believed in me and I told them I’m not going away,” he said.

“The people still need a voice on the opposite side of what we currently have on the council.”

The Democrats endorsed City Councilman Ed Kosiur, who was appointed to a vacant seat on the council this year.

Whoever wins the seat will have to run again next year for a full term. There is only one seat up for this year’s election.

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April 25, 2014
7:43 a.m.
kelleher1025 says...

Just a few issues with this article... First, I moved to Schenectady after my wife, Linda, and I were married in 2012. While that may not be long, I believe that my actions speak for themselves with my community involvement. Second, what is misquoted is that the people need ANOTHER voice opposing the city council majority and true political diversity. Vince Riggi shows time after time that he is an independent voice. Lastly, this seat belongs to the people, not a party. It's up to the people to decide who represents them.

I'm willing and open to talk with anyone who wants to learn more.


April 25, 2014
7:50 a.m.

What is the misquote?...What did you say...that Ms. Moore misquoted you on? There is no clarification on what you said. Interesting..shocking...really....

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