Saratoga County

Democrats not ready to name slate for Saratoga Springs elections

The city Republican Committee has endorsed four incumbent City Council members for re-election in No

The city Republican Committee has endorsed four incumbent City Council members for re-election in November, but the city Democratic Committee is still not ready to name all of its candidates.

“We have been talking for several months to several people,” said Thilo Ullmann, Democratic Committee chairman.

The Democratic Committee will meet Saturday to endorse the incumbent city Democrats: Accounts Commissioner John Franck and County Supervisor Joanne Dittes Yepsen. Ullmann said he expects to have candidates for mayor and the other city commissioner seats in two or three weeks.

Petitions to place a person’s name on the election ballot can start to be circulated June 7 and must be filed with the Saratoga County Board of Elections by July 18.

The Saratoga Springs Republican Committee endorsed its slate of candidates for the November city elections at the committee’s meeting earlier this month. As expected, the committee endorsed Mayor Scott Johnson, Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco, Finance Commissioner Ken Ivins, Supervisor Matt Veitch and Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth.

“The Republican Committee proudly endorsed all five incumbents that have done an outstanding job for the citizens of Saratoga Springs,” Chairman John Herrick said in a prepared statement.

“The endorsed candidates, individually and collectively, will be able to run on records of accomplishment,” he said. “The City Council has undergone a positive transformation that has seen civility and cooperation return to city government.”

Johnson, Scirocco, Ivins and Veitch are all completing their second two-year terms. Wirth is in his first term.

The Republicans will endorse candidates for the remaining two positions, city accounts commissioner and county supervisor, at the committee’s June meeting. Both of those positions are currently held by Democrats. “We welcome city Republicans who may be interested in serving in government to come before the committee for an endorsement,” Herrick said.

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