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Albany Democratic Mayoral Primary Now A Two-Person Race

Marlon Anderson being interviewed outside the now-defunct Our Lady of Angels Church at Central & Robin Streets in Albany.
Jesse King
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WAMC
Marlon Anderson being interviewed outside the now-defunct Our Lady of Angels Church at Central & Robin Streets in Albany.

The Democratic primary race for mayor of Albany is down to two candidates.

The Albany County Board of Elections has invalidated petitions submitted by Black Lives Matter activist Lukee Forbes and community advocate Marlon Anderson. After examination, the board says Forbes had 249 valid signatures, Anderson 263, both falling short of the required minimum threshold of 300 signatures.

This leaves Valerie Faust as the sole party challenger to Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who is vying for a third term.

The BOE also says Richard-Olivier Marius, running for the 6th ward Common Council seat, came up short on signatures. The BOE adds Marius is taking the matter to court for a judicial review of the board's decision.

The Democratic primary is June 22nd.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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