Three candidates are running for the open mayor’s seat in Glens Falls. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has a preview of the race that culminates on Election Day Tuesday.
Democrat Dan Hall, Republican Tim Guy, and Green Party Candidate Rich Cirino are all vying to be the next mayor of the city of 14,000 in southern Warren County.
Glens Falls Mayor “Jack” Diamond, a Democrat, is stepping down due to term limits. He is running for a county supervisor position.
Hall has served nine years on the city council. He’s running on a bi-partisan unity ticket with five common council members. He thinks the city is heading in the right direction.
“I’m very optimistic about what’s happening in Glens Falls. I just feel that I’m the right person.”
Hall has campaigned on what he calls the city’s successes over the last few years, including the sale of the Glens Falls Civic Center to a coalition of local businesspeople and the securing of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative state grant.
Hall said if elected he would reach out to all city employees on day one.
“I know most of them but I don’t know them all. The second thing is technology. We’re going to move forward with new technology.”
The Republican in the race is Tim Guy, who has been critical of the current administration and council.
“It’s just…things aren’t getting’ done,” said Guy.
Guy entered the race a political newcomer. A former police officer and military veteran, Guy says one of the main reasons for his mayoral bid is dissatisfaction with the sale of the Civic Center, recently renamed the Cool Insuring Arena. He says those he’s talked to feel the same way.
“95 to 97 percent of the people all feel the Civic Center was a bad deal,” said Guy.
Guy said his campaign is about the taxpayers.
“It’s their city, no one else’s. They need to pick the direction they want to go in.”
Rounding out the ballot is Green Party candidate Rich Cirino. Also a political newcomer, Cirino told WAMC that he doesn’t consider the others in the race his political opponents.
On the campaign trail, Cirino has made a list of what he thinks is needed in city government.
“I’ve learned about roughly 11 areas that the next administration needs to attend to out in the neighborhoods,” said Cirino.
His list includes topics from infrastructure issues to police and code enforcement.
Cirino has adopted what he calls his mission statement for Glens Falls.
“To maintain a landscape that is clean, safe, and reliable where residents may feel at home, where organizations may operate and thrive, and where visitors may find hospitality,” said Cirino.
Election Day is November 7th.