Mahan re-elected in Colonie by a landslide

Posted at: 11/05/2013 11:18 PM
Updated at: 11/06/2013 10:49 AM
By: Jessica Riley

Paula Mahan is re-elected Colonie Town Supervisor
Paula Mahan is re-elected Colonie Town Supervisor
Photo: WNYT

Paula Mahan has declared victory as Colonie Town Supervisor
Paula Mahan has declared victory as Colonie Town Supervisor
Photo: WNYT

COLONIE - Democrat Paula Mahan has easily won re-election in Colonie.

It’s her fourth victory running for Colonie Town Supervisor and her largest margin of victory.

A school teacher turned politician, Paula Mahan says, in her wildest dreams, she never imaged herself holding public office.

On Tuesday night the voters in Colonie selected her as their town supervisor for the fourth time.

“I believe i got into this for the right reason. The town was going in the wrong direction and i just wanted to help. I was at the point in my life to do that,” says Mahan.

That point in her life came in 2007, when she knocked off six term incumbent Mary Brizzell to become Colonie's first Democrat Supervisor in more than 80 years.

Two years later, she beat Mike Hoblock, a former State Senator, and then in 2011, a win over former DEC Commissioner Denise Sheehan.

This year, a lessen known opponent, area businessman Todd Drake, ran a campaign that Mahan says was distasteful.

“I was disappointed in the way my opponent ran the campaign. It was nasty, very hurtful to not just me, but a lot of people,” says the Democrat.

Amnong other things, Mahan takes credit for eliminating the town deficit, improving government efficiency, and reducing spending.

“I’m really excited about moving into 2014 and building on our accomplishments,” she says.

That Paula Mahan is headed back to Colonie Town Hall isn't as surprising as the margin of victory.

After winning her first three elections by very narrow margins, on Tuesday night, the Mahan camp was finally able to celebrate a landslide.