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Former police officer running for mayor of Mechanicville

Former police officer running for mayor of Mechanicville

Former police officer Dennis Baker is running as a Republican for mayor in the city of Mechanicville

Former police officer Dennis Baker is running as a Republican for mayor in the city of Mechanicville.

The retired patrolman and investigator, who has lived in the city since 1975, recently filed paperwork with the state Board of Elections to run for mayor. Earlier this month, he said, the city's Republican Committee endorsed his candidacy.

Incumbent Mayor Anthony Sylvester, a Democrat, is term limited and will not run for re-election.

Baker said his main reason for running is the city's financial condition, which he said was "poor." "My goal is to aggressively evaluate the city's budget and look to find ways to save money without impacting the important services we currently enjoy," he said in an email.

He served 15 years on the Mechanicville School District Board of Education and served eight years on the Mechanicville-Stillwater Industrial Development Agency. For almost 20 years, Baker worked at Hannaford as divisional manager for loss prevention and since 2008 he has been employed part-time at Devito-Salvadore Funeral Home.

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