A political novice and a once-beaten candidate will round out the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee’s slate of hopefuls for this fall.
An endorsement announcement Saturday morning at the Saratoga Springs Public Library revealed John Ellis and Peter Martin will likely be the party’s nominees to fill the city’s two seats on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. Republicans are running incumbent Matt Veitch and former city finance commissioner Ken Ivins.
The committee also officially endorsed its five candidates for City Council, who had previously announced their intentions to run.
Martin, who was appointed last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be acting Saratoga County Clerk, ran to be the city’s finance commissioner in 2009 and was defeated by then-incumbent Ivins.
Citing his experience as a senior vice president and general counsel for national financial services firm Ayco Co. and his brief tenure as county clerk, Martin argued he had a good background to advocate for the city at the county level. He added that he will try to bring openness to the board, saying too many decisions are being reached by backroom, partisan deals.
“I’m a big believer in sunshine,” Martin said.
This is the first campaign for Ellis, who is a member of the Independence Party. A groundskeeper for the Ballston Spa Central School District, he said the county’s decision to sell its nursing home, Maplewood Manor, was a major motivation to run.
“Seniors are the most vulnerable people. We don’t need to be selling [our nursing home] to a for-profit company, because services will decline,” said Ellis, who described himself as the candidate for the working people.
The other Democratic candidates are Joanne Yepsen for mayor, Bill McTygue for public works commissioner, incumbent Accounts Commissioner John Franck, incumbent Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen and incumbent Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan.
The Republican candidates for City Council are Shauna Sutton for mayor, Richard Wirth for public safety commissioner and incumbent Public Works Commissioner Skip Scirocco, with no candidates announced to take on Franck and Madigan.
Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Chairman Charles Brown noted all the Democratic candidates were unanimously endorsed, with only a few committee members abstaining from endorsing Ellis.
“This is the first time this Democratic committee has been this united in who knows how long,” Brown said. “We are standing wonderfully together at this point.”
The city did not endorse a Democratic candidate for Saratoga County clerk or sheriff, as no Democrat officially announced for either post.