Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee celebrates endorsed candidates
An exceptionally able group of candidates came before the annual endorsement meeting of the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee. Each candidate received a UNANIMOUS vote of endorsement, amid a growing sense of the meeting’s historic significance. A candidate reception followed, where well-wishers gathered to congratulate the newly-confirmed slate and commend the Committee on successful completion of its endorsement process.
Committee members and their chosen candidates immediately kicked off their unified effort toward victory in the fall. Fielding a full slate of contenders for all races, the Committee endorsed:
|Mayor of Saratoga Springs:||Joanne Yepsen|
|Commissioner of Finance:||Michele Madigan|
|Commissioner of Accounts:||John Franck|
|Commissioner of Public Safety:||Chris Mathiesen|
|Commissioner of Public Works:||Bill McTygue|
|Board of Supervisors:||Peter Martin|
|Board of Supervisors:||John K. Ellis (John has found it necessary to withdraw.)|
“We are proud to endorse this strong slate of qualified candidates,” SSDC Chair Charles Brown said. “Our mutual dedication to open, responsive and forward-thinking conduct by City officials forms a powerful basis for the support we announce today and the sustained effort we are prepared to make on their behalf.”
The SSDC endorsement procedure includes discussions with each prospective candidate about Democratic principles. “We are presenting voters with good choices who will serve them well,” Brown said. “Our endorsed slate is the product of a deliberate, thoughtful process that we pursue with the city’s long-term interests in mind.”
General Elections for City and County offices will be held Nov. 5, 2013. Please vote.
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Our City’s Comprehensive Plan – It’s Everyone’s Future
Support and suggestions for the review process
An updated Comprehensive Plan is essential for the City to continue guiding future growth and development in ways that contribute to our residents’ long-term well-being and quality-of-life (See Appendix II, Note 1). The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee is on record supporting appointment of a balanced, citizen-led committee to take charge of this year’s review process:
“Saratoga Springs’ current Comprehensive Plan is dated July 17, 2001. . . .The past dozen years have brought breathtaking changes to our Cityscape as well as technology, the economy, the surrounding area and a host of other factors relevant to the City’s future. Other changes, like the advent of full-fledged casinos, loom in the near future.” (SSDC statement, March 2013)
This statement summarizes the input of the SSDC about the review process and the vision we advocate for its ultimate outcome.
We want to publicly thank the people involved:
·∙ the volunteer-citizens who agreed to share their expertise and take charge of the Committee’s ultimate work product;;
·∙ the City Council, who showed faith in these individuals by choosing them and providing resources to get the job done;;
·∙ the City employees whose practical knowledge of Saratoga Springs will keep the process grounded;; and
·∙ the professional consultants selected to support this work with their experience, knowledge-base and wider perspective.
We especially commend the Committee’s efforts to promote widespread public involvement—the public meetings, Open House event and web site www.engagesaratoga.com that lets busy citizens contribute ideas and state their concerns.