Schenectady County

Schenectady City, County candidates urge residents to vote

Candidate for Schenectady County Legislature District #1 Omar Sterling McGill, left, speaks next to Schenectady City Councilwoman Marion Poterfield during their Get Out The Vote rally at Veteran’s Park in Schenectady on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
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Candidate for Schenectady County Legislature District #1 Omar Sterling McGill, left, speaks next to Schenectady City Councilwoman Marion Poterfield during their Get Out The Vote rally at Veteran’s Park in Schenectady on Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Schenectady County Early Voting Information

Locations

Hon. Karen B. Johnson Library Central Branch, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady

South Schenectady Fire Department, 6 Old Mariaville Road, Rotterdam

Hours

June 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 14, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 16, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SCHENECTADY — A handful of candidates running for city and county offices gathered in Veterans Park for a three-hour rally on Saturday, urging passers by to get out and vote early in the primaries. 

The candidates campaigning included:

  • Omar Sterling McGill, who is running for district 1 County Legislature seat
  • Marion Portfield, who is running for a four-year term on city council
  • John Mootooveren, who is running for a four-year term on city council
  • Damonni Farley, who is running for a four-year term on city council
  • Haileab Samuel, who is running to fill a two-year term on city council
  • Carl William, who is running to fill a two-year term on city council

The Get Out the Vote rally was held just a seven minute walk from one of two early polling sites.

Nick Petrillo, Omar McGill’s campaign manager, said the idea was to let everyone know early voting was happening.

This is the first year there is early voting for a local primary. McGill said the idea is to get “more voter engagement in Schenectady.” 

He said it’s important residents see there are people running for seats that look like them and believe in the values they do. But those people don’t get elected unless people get out and vote, he said. 

“Your vote does matter, your vote does count,” he said.

Marion Porterfield is seeking reelection to the city council. She said she’s out making sure people know just how important voting is especially at the local level. 

“It’s the local people that really make the decisions that impact their lives,” he said. 

Farley said as the city continues to come back from COVID, it’s important that people get out and vote for those they think will represent the changes they want to see. 

“It’s a time to speak out and be heard,” he said. 

Samuel said he’s heard from many residents over the past six weeks that they don’t believe there’s a lot of participation in government. However, Samuel said part of getting participation in government is by electing the people you want to be your voice. 

He said no matter who people vote for, whether it’s him or someone else, they need to just get out and cast a ballot.

“Whoever wins, I think the city is going to be in good hands,” he said. 

Doreen DiToro, who is running to fill a two-year seat and Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas, who is seeking reelection for a four-year term, were not part of the rally. Porterfield said those candidates have not been working with them. She said the candidates will be a part of various events during early voting to get more people to the polling sites. One of those events included joining people after services at the AME Zion church and walking to the Karen B. Johnson polling site. 

The county Board of Elections has partnered with the CDTA to provide transportation to the library polling site, according to a press release from the county. The trolley will circulate between stops along Union Street, Nott Terrace, State Street and Clinton Street. That service is running during hours the polling location is open. 

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