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Albany Democrats come together hoping to get their party's endorsement

Posted at: 05/12/2013 11:05 AM
Updated at: 05/13/2013 9:04 AM
By: Dan Bazile

ALBANY - Mayor Jerry Jennings sent a signal Saturday that he may be interested in running for a sixth term.

He was among several citywide candidates that went before the Albany county Democratic Party to seek their approval to run for office.

Jennings took time out of his busy Tulip Fest schedule for a pit stop at the Albany County Democratic Headquarters on Colvin Avenue.

“I'm still the mayor. There's a process. I'm participating in the process. I'm looking forward to talking to the 15 ward leaders here,” said Jennings.

The party leaders were interviewing candidates for Family Court Judge, County Clerk, County Coroner and those seeking to be Mayor of the City of Albany.

But Jennings fell short of saying whether his visit with the leaders means the start of his campaign for a sixth term.

“Basically I'm looking at everything, I really am. I just want to make sure I do the right thing for my family, myself and basically the city,” he said.

There are plenty others who already made it public they want his job. They were there too, explaining to the Democratic Party why they should get the designation to run.

“The most important thing is I've been a lifelong Democrat. I've never wavered on that. I've always challenged the city government from day one,” said Corey Ellis, a mayoral candidate.

For Ellis this is a sequel. Four years ago, he got 44 percent of the primary vote against Jennings.

Albany city Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is also running. She would be the city's first female mayor if she wins.

And Community Activist Marlon Anderson also wants to be Albany’s chief executive, he understands some people don't take him seriously.

“I'm here as the anti politician candidate. I'm trying to convey the message that people are really looking for change in the community,” said Marlon Anderson, another mayoral candidate.

As for Jennings, many say the fact that he showed up for the party's conference, makes it clear he's seriously thinking about a sixth term.

“After 20 years I can take my time and do what's right. As far as I'm concerned, I'm vetting it, I'm looking at it. I'm making some decisions,” said Jennings.