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Saratoga Springs Mayor discusses future; doesn't rule out future office

Posted at: 03/20/2013 5:19 PM
Updated at: 03/20/2013 5:43 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson isn't saying what that next chapter is. But the three-term Republican mayor is closing the book on his current position at the end of this year.

"It's not the end of a career, it's just another chapter," said Johnson from his tidy City Hall office Wednesday afternoon. "Basically, I've decided it was time for me to move on, to a different chapter in my personal, and perhaps professional life."

The 57-year-old Johnson says that in five-plus years he restored civility to a City Council that was gaining a reputation for its public squabbles.

He points to long-talked-about projects that came to fruition under his tenure---a new recreation center, a new downtown parking garage and a new city-owned park on Saratoga Lake.

Some political observers say Johnson is considering a run for Congress. He lives in a district currently served by Democrat Paul Tonko of Amsterdam.

NewsChannel 13 asked Johnson if he was thinking about running for Congress. 

"Don't know," he said. "That's really premature at this point in time. I am not really evaluating any of those things."

But Johnson hinted that might be exploring them in the future.

"Stay tuned. I'm not dead yet," he said.

Johnson said several Republicans have expressed interest in becoming the next mayor.

Joanne Yepsen, a supervisor who represents the city on the county board, confirmed Wednesday that she's been asked by fellow Democrats to seek the office.