The Republican incumbent cruised to re-election as mayor in Gloversville on Tuesday while Johnstown voters chose a Democratic newcomer as mayor in a closer three-way race.
More than seven months of patrolling the streets of Johnstown and knocking on doors paid off for Mike Julius, winning him a four-year term as the city’s mayor.
Julius, a retired pharmacy owner and Democrat, declared his candidacy in April, long before Republican Scott Jeffers and Conservative Helen Martin tossed their hats in the ring.
According to unofficial election results released Tuesday, Johnstown voters chose Julius with 828 votes, beating out Jeffers’ 649 and Martin’s 350 votes.
“We really need to hit the ground running,” he said. “We can’t wait for good jobs.”
Starting back in April, shortly after Mayor Sarah Slingerland said she wouldn’t seek another term, Julius promised to create jobs by leveraging the Glove Cities’ proximity to the new and expanding technology manufacturing in Saratoga County.
“I’m not looking to bring something the size of GlobalFoundries to Johnstown,” he said. “I am looking to bring in all the smaller companies that support GlobalFoundries.”
He plans to bring those support businesses to the area by training a skilled workforce at Fulton-Montgomery Community College among other ways.
Jeffers and Martin also prioritized technology jobs in some form.
Jeffers, the closest runner up, planned to go after blue-collar jobs, but mostly as a way to quickly grow an economy that could attract higher-paying tech jobs.
“It was sort of funny,” Julius said. “As the race went on, the other candidates got closer and closer to my point of view.”
Julius will be paid just over $18,000 a year.
Gloversville voters also turned out in support of incumbent Republican Dayton King, giving him another term, 1499–899, over Independent James Handy. King could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
Fulton County voters also chose new town and city ward supervisors Tuesday:
Republican Michael Gendron took Gloversville’s 3rd Ward, 333–128, over Democrat Stephen Mahoney.
Gregory Young, a member of the Community party, took Gloversville’s 5th Ward, with 213 votes to Republican Matthew Myers’ 99 and Moderate Michael Rooney’s 139.
Republican Thomas Christopher was elected Broadalbin town supervisor, 674–367, over Conservative Joseph DiGiacomo.
Republican Ralph Ottuso was elected Caroga town supervisor, 251–94, over Democrat Ronald McLain.
Republican James Groff was elected Northampton town supervisor, 468–351, over Linda Kemper, who ran under the Wisest Choice ballot line.
Republican George Capek was elected Oppenheim town supervisor, 178–119, over New Era candidate Walter Rumrill Jr.
We the People candidate Robert Johnson Jr. was elected Stratford town supervisor, 110–89, over Democrat Bernard Leavitt Jr.