Posted at: 09/10/2013 6:44 PM
Updated at: 09/11/2013 1:19 AM
By: WNYT Staff / Dan Levy
ALBANY - Kathy Sheehan has declared victory in Albany's mayoral primary against challenger Corey Ellis, who has conceded.
The concession comes after Sheehan showed a sizeable lead against Ellis, as early results came in.
"I am truly humbled by the support of voters. This campaign has always been about bringing positive change to City Hall," said Sheehan.
In the end, Kathy Sheehan beat Corey Ellis in a nearly 4 to 1 margin.
Through the course of history, 74 men have been mayor of Albany.
Only three have been mayor in the last 72 years.
The win for Sheehan puts her one step away from being Albany’s first female mayor.
“This is more than just about being the first woman. This is about moving our city forward, engaging our community in a different way, and I’m really excited about the opportunity to be Albany’s next mayor,” said Sheehan.
The victory over former Common Council member Corey Ellis was equally expected as it was lopsided.
“I’m going to continue to be an advocate for the citizens who live in the city and continue to make sure every neighborhood has the ability to grow, and every child in the neighborhood gets a quality education,” said Ellis.
If Sheehan wants to become mayor, she needs to win a general election in November. Even though a Republican has not won that office since Babe Ruth played for the Red Sox, Jesse Calhoun thinks he’s the man to do it.
“I definitely need to reach out to Democrats, Republicans, everybody, Greens, Libertarians. We all care about what’s best here I think…If the right situations come (a victory) could happen,” he said.
Joe Sullivan will be the Conservative candidate.
There are also some minor party candidates who will be running in the general election.
The victory for Sheehan comes one year after Pat Fahy was elected as the first woman in the State Assembly.