City Council 2013 — VI: The Democrats *Updated - twice*
The presumption is that it will be her announcement that she is running for mayor.
Brown said Yepsen's been meeting with an exploratory committee for some time, "talking through her options."
One of the conversations that I've heard was been going on for some time is whether she could run for mayor and maintain her seat as a city representative to the Board of Supervisors. Most everyone agrees it is legal, but Brown said there is a question as to "whether that would be seen as a power grab."
Highlighting the fact that most supervisors on the legislative BofS also act in an executive capacity in their town governments, Brown called it "the norm" in the county.
Still, what works for towns like Day and Galway, won't necessarily work for Saratoga Springs.
It seems she may no longer be considering that as a viable option, but Brown said "she put seven years into that seat at the county and she wants to make sure that it will be taken by someone who will take up the work she has done."
*Update for clarity* Brown emphasized that the Yepsen is no longer considering running for both offices simultaneously (adding it is not a foregone conclusion that she is running for mayor at all). Any announcement that will be coming from her, likely won't happen until early April. *END of update*
The newest talk around town is that another Democratic member of the City Council may be exploring his/her options in that regard and may run for both positions simultaneously.
"That discussion is ongoing," Brown said Friday.
Here is where I start with speculation:
So John Franck and Christian Mathiesen both have full-time jobs on top of their positions on the City Council.
The only Democrat that leaves is Michele Madigan.
I called her a little while ago and will post her comments when I get them.
*UPDATE: I haven't talked to Madigan, but I received a message from her*
"I've been hearing a lot of rumors about supervisor but my name, as of yet, I had not heard in relation to that rumor. My main concern is running for finance commissioner, not running for supervisor... that wouldn't be my main concern, anyway."
She said endorsements should be coming out in the next month and we'll have to wait and see.
Another source in the Democratic party said the talk was started with Yepsen and has drifted to the other City Council positions, but because it is so early no name has been honed in on as of yet.
*END OF UPDATE*
Brown said the committee will also be discussing its platform Saturday and may send it out. If they do you can read about it in The Saratogian (I'll post the full press release here).
I also asked him about whether Joanne Yepsen had ever intended to announce her candidacy on March 20, as I had heard. Brown said he couldn't comment on whether that was true or not.
I'm leaving for the day and I have heard nothing from the Democrats on their platform or their announcement about upcoming announcements. That doesn't mean the committee didn't decide anything this morning, just that they didn't tell me about it. I'll be following up on Monday.
*Update added Monday* Brown said "we're still doing some fine-tuning" of the platform and they have not released it yet.