The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee met on Saturday morning to endorse candidates in city races. They endorsed Commissioners Madigan for Finance and Franck for Accounts. They endorsed Peter Martin for Commissioner of Public Safety. They endorsed Pat Friesen and another person for the supervisor races. They made no endorsement for the Public Works Commissioner.
Interestingly, they declined to take action on the mayoralty race. My understanding was that it was a very close vote to delay an endorsement.
Mayor Yepsen released her letter announcing her decision not to run the day before the endorsement meeting. In her letter she endorsed her deputy Meg Kelly for mayor. I received confirmation from Charley Brown that Mayor Yepsen did not contact him prior to releasing her letter/announcement to the media. Apparently, the committee declined to endorse Ms. Kelley on the basis that the process should be an open one in which all interested candidates would be considered.
While I expect that Ms. Kelly will, in all likelihood, receive the endorsement, the Mayor showed a lack of judgment in this affair which did more harm to her deputy than good. It is to the credit of Mr. Brown and the majority of the committee that they insisted on an open process.