I went down to the Saratoga County Board of Elections today to review the petitions for the candidates who were not endorsed by the Republican or Democratic city committees and so circulated petitions independently. Two of the candidates are seeking to replace members of the Saratoga Springs City Council. Tim Holmes is seeking to unseat Mayor Meg Kelly and Patricia Morrison is challenging Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan.
An observant reader will note that a number of people who circulated petitions for more than one of these candidates also served on the 2017 Charter Commission which advocated for a city manager form of government or were active in the leadership of the campaign to adopt it.
Members of that charter commission who circulated petitions were Bob Turner (Chairman of the 2017 Charter Review Commission), Pat Kane (Vice Chairman of the 2017 Commission), Laura Chodos, Ann Bullock, Gordon Boyd, and Minita Sanghvi.
Gordon Boyd, who last time I checked was a member of the Independence Party, is a notary which explains his petitioning for Holmes, a Republican, and the other candidates who are Democrats. Only individuals who are members of the same party as the candidate on their petition can normally circulate it. The one exception is a notary.
Active in the leadership of the charter change campaign were Ellen Egger-Aimone, Peter McTygue, Patty Morrison, and Dillon Moran.
As some of the readers of this blog may recall, during the campaign to pass their charter, Vice-Chairman Pat Kane left the following expletive laden message on Commissioner Skip Scirocco’s cell phone.
When pressed by the Saratogian to explain Kane’s message, charter chairman Bob Turner refused to apologize for his behavior but instead used it as an opportunity to repeat the talking points of the pro-charter change campaign.
At the subsequent charter commission meeting, not one person said anything about the behavior of their vice chair let alone advocated for a public apology.
For those of us hoping for some relief from the worst kind of politics this is going to be a long haul.
Following are complete lists of the people who circulated petitions for candidates who were not endorsed by the major parties:
For Mayor, Tim Holmes, Republican:
Patrick Cromyn (Albany address)
For Kendall Hicks, Public Safety, Democrat:
For Patty Morrison, Finance, Democrat:
Mable Morrison (East Greenbush address)
Lisa Scerbo (Mechanicville)
Julie Walsh (Stillwater address)