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Marlon Anderson being interviewed outside the now-defunct Our Lady of Angels Church at Central & Robin Streets in Albany.
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The Democratic primary race for mayor of Albany is down to two candidates.

Reverend Valerie Faust
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A local religious leader is mounting a third bid to become mayor of Albany.

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A Christian blogger and social media personality has entered the race for Albany mayor.

Marlon Anderson being interviewed outside the now-defunct Our Lady of Angels Church at Central & Robin Streets in Albany.
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After his last two efforts fell well short, Marlon Anderson has entered the race for Albany mayor.

Greg Aidala
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A third candidate has emerged to challenge Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s bid for a third term.

Richard Olivier-Marius checks his notes outside Albany's Daily Grind Café prior to filming a campaign video.
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Councilor Richard Conti, elected in 1997, is one of five senior Albany Common Council members who are not running for another term this year. A Haitian-American artist is among emerging candidates for Conti’s Sixth Ward seat.

Albany Police Headquarters on Henry Johnson Boulevard
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In April, the early days of the pandemic, the Center for Law and Justice in Albany published a 15-page report on structural racism and public safety in the city. Among other things, the report called upon city leaders to acknowledge the existence of structural racism in the police department. A month later, there were nationwide protests over similar issues following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

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Last Saturday on Midday Magazine, we aired an interview with Albany activist Lukee Forbes.

Part of the interview focused on an August 1st “Back the Blue” pro-police rally in Albany, which Forbes attended, along with a small group of other counter-protesters.

During the rally, Forbes, who is Black, dragged a “thin blue line” flag, which he considers a “fake” flag, drawing strong reaction from the largely white crowd of Back the Blue demonstrators. The stylized American flag features black and blue stripes and is commonly seen at conservative rallies.

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Activist Lukee Forbes is ubiquitous at protests and community events throughout the Capital Region. You can usually find him at the front of the crowd, in black clothes black and brown leather work boots.

Protesters swarm a June 4 Albany Common Council press conference outside City Hall.
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The Albany Common Council is moving ahead with police reform proposals.