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Wednesday, April 17

City Council 2013 — VII: The Republicans

Matt Veitch evidently is not running for mayor.

His was one of the names I'd heard floated in the recent weeks as a potential Republican opponent to Joanne Yepsen, but it doesn't look like Veitch will be taking that step.

He announced Wednesday that he will be officially announcing his run for re-election to county supervisor tomorrow in this brief statement:
"Supervisor Matthew E. Veitch (R)-Saratoga Springs will be announcing his run for a fourth term as Supervisor on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. He will review his accomplishments, as well as outline his ideas for the future of Saratoga Springs. Please join us at the Spring Run Trailhead, near the intersection of East Avenue and Excelsior Avenue for this important announcement."
It would have been interesting to see the Saratoga Springs supervisors go head-to-head in a winner-take-all race.

Election results show that, since 2007, when he beat-out Yepsen's Democratic running mate, Cheryl Keyrouze, for the second Spa City seat on the Board of Supervisors, Veitch overtook her as the top vote-getting supervisor.

Yepsen won with 4,883 when she was first elected in 2005. 

In 2007, election results show he came in second in the race with 4,584 to Yepsen's 4,946 (Keyrouze took 4,116 votes as a second Democratic candidate).

In 2009 Veitch had flipped the tables, taking 4,757 to Yepsen's 4,240 votes.

Last time around, though, the gap had closed and the two were both neck-and-neck, receiving the least votes either had ever received for supervisor — 4,035 for Veitch to Yepsen's 4,020, though it is worth pointing out that it was essentially uncontested, since it was only the two candidates running for two seats.

Either way, we won't be seeing a Yepsen vs. Veitch race for mayor (womp womp).

It seems we will be seeing Rick Wirth take on Christian Mathiesen for Public Safety Commissioner... again. A Caroline Street bulletin board told me so for certain (though I had heard a while back that he would be running with or without the Republican nod) with a flier that said he would be holding a fundraiser at the Mouzon House at 5:30 p.m May 2 .

And another blast from two years ago, Ken Ivins Jr. will be running for... something. You can hear all about it April 29 at the Thirsty Owl, but it'll cost some campaign contributions.

I had heard a while back that Ivins would be challenging John Franck for Accounts Commissioner, but with an open seat at the Board of Supervisors maybe he's changing his focus. We'll find out at the Thirsty Owl (also get some good wine).

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ivins may be a poor choice. He was primarily responsible for gutting the Police Department when he prepared the 2010 City budget.

He misread revenues. Most of his cuts were not necessary as it turned out. And by balancing his budget on the back of public safety while keeping two computer techs and other non-essential employees he is responsible for some of the mess we now are still cleaning up.

He would fit in well in Ballston Spa, get back in the State pension system, get free health insurance and a weekly pay check. But he will be under the thumb of Herrick and Helwig and that may not be in the City's interest.

It is always dangerous to elect someone who needs the perks and the $.

April 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go Rick wirth(less) and "dud"dudla team! I told you months ago. I hope the republicans take note that he stated he would run with or without republican nomination. I guess their campaign advisor Tom Curley told them they don't any support from the party. Please,please I hope the citizens will not repeat a wirthless/dud administration again.

April 18, 2013 at 6:39 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wirth seems to be a nice person; however one of his fellow elected officials recently described him as an empty suit. The republican committee members I spoke to aren't very excited about him running, or his ability to win, but then again, same goes for Irvin’s. Unfortunately, still no viable candidates.

April 18, 2013 at 7:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wirth always seemed to be dependent on Johnson and seldom advance a public safety agenda. In fact he and Johnson attempted to kill the Fire Department Ambulance service.

That initiative has now proven itself beyond any doubt to be a vital piece of our EMS program an a revenue positive to the tune of $600,000.

And he did essentially nothing to address legitimate Downtown and even attempted alibi for some high profile Caroline Street violence.

His primary claim to fame was as Johnson's emissary to Comm. Scirocco to talk him out of taking action against then City Attorney Scala for a workplace violence issue.

Other Republican candidates will be likely hurt by Wirth on the ticket, particularly among the police and fire departments.

As a lifelong City Republican I urge the GOP to look elsewhere.

April 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick Wirth and Saratoga in Decline 'blogger' are in bed together. Not what you want in a city official who is in charge of important matters. And not a good visual for the brain either.

April 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the last comment by a lifelong republican! I agree completely. Look elsewhere for a good candidate not someone who has proven himself wirthless, a little humor there.

April 19, 2013 at 6:27 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing for the Democrats would be for Ivinns to run against Franck, Wirth to run, and Jarosh to run against Madigen. All but Jarosh are losers and its hard to get re-elected when you have been tossed out once. If these 3 do indeed run, and the rumor of a strong candidate that is running against Scirocco, it looks like an all Democratic Council.

April 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes you wonder if wirth is an annon.blogger on the web sites bashing everyone himself???

April 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:15 - EMS did not create a $600,000 profit. Anyone who believes those numbers is a fool. $311,000 came from Safer Grant which will not be in effect this year and the balance came from poor reporting of expensing. The profroma expenses two FF per day to EMS when anyone can see that at least 6-8 people are utilized at minimum. Admittedly they do a great job but as far as showing possibly a small profit as expense rise it WILL be a taxpayer expense.For the last quarterly report which was the Third Quarter Report this can be supported with the numbers. Just sheck information in the Finance section of the City website.

April 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scirocco will run unopposed. No question about that at all.

April 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al,
Please find a new word. Proforma is getting as old as some of the recycled politicians.

April 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM 

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