Questions for Nathan LeBron

Nathan LeBronWe have an interview scheduled this week with Nathan LeBron, the Republican candidate in the Albany mayoral race. As we did with both Corey Ellis and Shawn Morris, we're hoping you might have some questions in mind.

Here are the answers to those earlier questions from both Ellis and Morris.


Oh boy, here we go again with the gay marriage questions. People, remember, marriage is regulated by the STATE, and the views of the Mayor of Albany are unlikely have much of a serious impact on State marriage laws.

His website doesn't really say much. One would think a serious candidate would give us a little more than his life story. Is he in this to win it, or just collect the 15-25% of votes from people who don't vote for anyone without an R next to his name?

@geepers: true, gay marriage is regulated by the state, but it is a good way to figure out if somebody shares the same general worldview as you. would you feel comfortable voting for a candidate who favored nuking jerusalem, even though he'd have no power to do so as mayor?

Have you been able to get questions to Mayor Jennings?

@Rob: Stay tuned.

For LeBron, I would ask why he thinks the City of Albany has been without a truly competitive second party for so long. Is it a matter of style, (bad candidates, lack of money or organization) substance (policy ideas that simply do not appeal to the liberal populace of the city), or just old-school machine politics at work? What can be done to make elections in the City of Albany truly competitive?

Don't forget the GAES Magazine interview which you can read online at There are certainly many other questions for Mr. Lebron to be asked but reading this article will ensure that we don't waste time being repetitious.

@geepers: Not only is Nathan a serious candidate but he is the ONLY candidate who didn't need to wait until the Siena poll came out to know the most serious issues facing Albany residents--taxes, crime, schools, the landfill and, oh yeah, TAXES! He has actually put forward a number of thoughtful initiatives to help address all of the above. For one, he would cops back on the beat, walking a specific neighborhood, getting to know the people and earning their trust. He has also come out in favor of consolidating various offices to prevent duplication of effort and paying twice for the same services. He opposes landfill expansion and the Convention Center and has spoken on many, many occassions about the need to remove barriers to entry for city residents seeking to open or start businesses within city limits. Serious candidate? You bet.

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