While national Democrats didn’t have a lot of good news on election day, “Democrats swept the four open seats [in Saratoga Springs] and elected the state’s first Asian-American city mayor and the city’s first out LGBTQ woman of color to the council. How we did so...
Public Safety Commissioner-Elect James Montagnino said he intends to release a draft report about the 2014 death of Darryl Mount Jr. by the time he is inaugurated in January, according to the Daily Gazette. Mount, a 21-year-old biracial man, died after a nine-month coma that followed a police chase that ended in a construction zone.
Congratulations to our Row A candidates Ron Kim for Mayor, Tara N. Gaston for Supervisor, Jim Montagnino for Public Safety, Dillon Moran for Accounts and Minita Sanghvi for Finance! All won their races according to unofficial results from the Saratoga County Board of Elections. And thank you to first time candidates Shaun Wiggins for Supervisor and Domenique Yermolayev for Public Works; each of you ran a strong race. If you are as excited about the election results as we are, why not get involved with the Saratoga Dems?
The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee recently conducted a survey of active voters in which we asked what was most important to them personally in the upcoming election. The #1 issue among respondents was public safety, defined as “safe neighborhoods and police accountability”. People weren’t telling us they simply wanted more aggressive policing but that they wanted to feel safe in their homes and communities, and that they felt the Saratoga Springs Police Department should be held accountable for its actions.
City police have opened an investigation into alleged forged signatures on independent nominating petitions witnessed by City Council candidate Samantha Guerra, according to the Times-Union. Saratoga Springs police spokesman Robert Jillson, as well as State Police, acting as the assisting agency, said they couldn’t discuss the investigation or if it involved anyone other than Guerra, who is running for commissioner of accounts. The petition signatures in question, which were for all seven Republican candidates, were meant to secure a third line (Saratoga United) on November's ballot. In a press release, SSDC Chair Pat Tuz noted that