Posted at: 11/03/2013 2:58 PM
Updated at: 11/04/2013 4:36 PM
By: Dan Bazile
Voters are getting ready to go to the polls on Tuesday and, for the first time in 20 years, Albany will be getting a new mayor. The candidates hoping to replace Jerry Jennings were out this weekend making their final push.
“For me it's getting out there and getting people excited for the fact that we're going to have change in Albany and they should be a part of it,” says Democrat Kathy Sheehan, who is doing some last minute campaigning ahead of Tuesday’s elections. She would make history by being the first female mayor ever in that post.
Her competition includes members of her own party, write-in candidates Marlon Anderson and Valerie Faust.
On the Republican side, Jesse Calhoun says his hard work will continue over the next few days, going door to door in an effort to defeat the democratic machine in Albany.
“There's a certain leadership that's been in the mayor's office. I feel like there's a whole section of the population, from all different parties that really want to see a real change,” he says.
And then there are the third party candidates. Conservative Joe Sullivan is hoping for an exciting turn out at the polls. He believes with such a crowded field anything can happen on Tuesday.
“If Albany voters think twice about this race, they're better off having a conservative like myself who has long ties to the Democrat organization. But I'm not a left-wing Democrat,” says Sullivan.
Green party hopeful Theresa Portelli rounds out the field with a message that Albany is ready for change the major parties cannot provide.
“We love Albany. But the way the tax rate is going, I don't know if it is sustainable. We have to bring these issues up. We have to get involved and we have to invite people to join with us,” she says.
She predicts a lot of people are going to be surprised on Tuesday night.