SARATOGA SPRINGS — While the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee has endorsed four incumbent city officials for re-election, it held off on making an endorsement for the open public safety commissioner post.
The committee announced Monday that it has endorsed Mayor Meg Kelly for a second two-year term. It also endorsed Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan and Accounts Commissioner John Franck, and Tara Gaston, one of two supervisors representing the city on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.
“Our current Democratic officeholders have demonstrated a record of teamwork and accomplishments that we can be proud of,” said committee Chairwoman Courtney DeLeonardis.
The committee also endorsed Dillon Moran to run against Republican Anthony “Skip” Scirocco for public works commissioner. Scirocco is the only Republican on the City Council, where Democrats have a 4-1 majority.
Moran, who holds a chemical engineering degree from Clarkson University, has worked in the water treatment industry for 25 years. He said the city’s aging water infrastructure needs more attention. A city native, he said his grandfather worked at the city water treatment plant, and he played there as a child. This is his first bid for public office.
“Dillon’s engineering education, business background and close study of the city’s infrastructure and operations all form a solid basis for our support,” DeLeonardis said.
With public safety commissioner open due to incumbent Democrat Peter Martin’s decision not to seek re-election, the committee made no choice between two announced candidates, Eileen Finneran and Kendall Hicks, with DeLeondaris saying the committee was comfortable with letting voters decide the matter in a June 25 primary.
“Both individuals have a lot to offer the city,” DeLeonardis said. “I believe committee members, along with other supporters, will help both candidates quality for the primary election in June.”
City Republicans haven’t yet announced a slate of candidates.