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Rizzo Leading Democratic Primary For Albany County Comptroller

Albany Chief Auditor Susan Rizzo outside Albany City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
Albany Chief Auditor Susan Rizzo outside Albany City Hall.

Albany County Democrats appear to have chosen Albany City Auditor Sue Rizzo in the key primary race to replace retiring Comptroller Mike Conners. Rizzo was leading Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar by about 1,000 votes of the 17,000 cast Tuesday, according to unofficial results. 

Conners is not seeking a seventh term. Rizzo would be the first woman elected county comptroller if she wins November’s general election. Republican David Yule awaits in the general.

Shahinfar tells WAMC he congratulates Rizzo for running a “spirited campaign” but is “respecting the process” as absentee ballots remain to be counted.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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