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Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan declares candidacy for mayor

Posted at: 11/18/2012 12:13 AM
Updated at: 11/18/2012 12:15 AM
By: Dan Levy

ALBANY - Surrounded by enthusiastic, sign-toting supporters, Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan kicked off what she says will be a grassroots campaign to become the city's first female mayor, and only the fourth different chief executive of the city in 70 years.

"Many of our neighborhoods are struggling and our city government is letting us down," Sheehan declared, on a sunny and breezy Saturday afternoon, standing in front of the Moses statue.

Before becoming treasurer in 2009, Sheehan was a corporate attorney for Latham-based Intermagnetics. In her first bid for public office, she raked in more votes in that year's Democratic primary than any other candidate citywide, including 5-term mayor Jerry Jennings.

"I have the experience and the vision to lead our city into its next chapter," she said. "It's a 21st century chapter. As your mayor, I will build an accountable team with you and together, we will revitalize our neighborhoods and unleash the potential of our great city."

Jennings, who is 64, has not announced yet if he intends to seek a sixth term in office.

Corey Ellis, the 3rd Ward councilman, who mustered 44% of the primary vote against Jennings three years ago, has also indicated plans to give it another go.