I received this story from Art Gonick. Quite the scoop Art!
Seeking Republican Endorsement
By Arthur Gonick SARATOGA SPRINGS – Sources within the Saratoga Springs City Republican Committee, as well as other reliable sources, have confirmed that Mark Baker, longtime President of the Saratoga Springs City Center, has met with the committee on Wednesday evening to ask for their endorsement for Saratoga Springs’ Mayor.
If he runs, Mr. Baker would presumably face 2-term incumbent Democratic Mayor Joanne Yepsen.
Also seeking support at the meeting was Don Braim, a former SSPD member seeking the office of Commissioner of Public Safety.
Committee sources estimate that official party endorsements are about a month away, to allow candidates to be vetted properly.
Mr. Baker was called twice for comment, but did not immediately return phone calls.
A Mark Baker candidacy would be formidable. As City Center President, he oversaw the economic engine of the city, leading it through a heralded expansion, and helped secure passage by the City Council of provisions that will build a multilevel parking structure adjacent to the City Center.
Mr. Baker continues to keep an office at the City Center, to work on effectuating the garage’s construction. He now may help cut the ribbon on the garage as the City’s leader.