BALLSTON SPA — Five candidates have filed petitions to run for Ballston Spa village trustee in the March 16 election, as the village holds its first non-partisan village election.
With two seats on the Village Board up for election this year, the candidates who submitted petitions are incumbent board member Shawn Raymond; Ben Baskin, community activist; Bob Bush Jr., a village volunteer firefighter; Sean Mulvaney, owner of Moe’s Mowing and a building maintenance employee for the town of Milton; and Mary Bush, the wife of Police Chief Dave Bush and unrelated to Bob Bush. All filed petitions ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
While Raymond is running for re-election, incumbent Noah Shaw is not seeking a second-four year term.
The election is being held on a non-partisan basis with neither Republicans or Democrats endorsing candidates, as has been the practice in the past. The parties agreed to stay out of the election at the urging of Mayor Larry Woolbright, who said he didn’t want to see the nastiness that can characterize national party politics become part of village elections.
All four members of the current Village Board ran and won as Democrats, while Woolbright is a Republican whom the village Democrats offered to endorse when he ran for the first time in 2019, though he declined their nomination.
All of the candidates who filed to run this year appear to be preparing for active campaigns.
Raymond and Baskin announced Thursday that they are running as a team under the “A Better BSpa” ballot line.
Raymond, a civil engineer, is seeking his second four-year term. Baskin is a non-profit and public health professional and former leader of the the advocacy group Smart Growth Ballston, who is currently on the town of Ballston Planning Board and town of Ballston Clean Energy Committee.
They said their platform includes preserving village character, promoting smart growth, fiscal responsibility and protecting village services.
The other candidates haven’t yet released detailed platforms, but some have posted on social media to announce their candidacies.
“For me it’s about working together to do so much more,” Mulvaney wrote on Facebook.
Mary Bush posted a “Unity in Diversity” message on her Facebook page.
Bob Bush Jr., who is also a network analyst at the Southern Adirondack BOCES, hasn’t yet made an official announcement, but other volunteer firefighters have posted in support of him.