The big takeaway from Tuesday's primary election results: Kathy Sheehan is in position to become the next mayor of Albany.
Sheehan, the current city treasurer, won the city's Democratic primary for mayor 66-29 over former councilman Corey Ellis, according to unofficial results.* That margin isn't really a surprise -- Sheehan had big leads in polls from both late July and early September.
Sheehan will now face Jesse Calhoun (Republican), Joseph Sullivan (Conservative), and whoever emerges from the Green Party.** Because of the overwhelming enrollment advantage Democrats have in the city, something highly unexpected would have to happen for Sheehan to not win the general election.
Albany has had just three mayors since 1942. When Jerry Jennings finishes his term this December, he'll have held the office for the last 20.
Earlier on AOA: Albany mayoral candidate interview 2013: Kathy Sheehan
* A little bit of maybe only-kind-of-interesting numerical perspective: There were 10,632 votes cast in the Democratic mayoral primary, according to the unofficial results (not including absentees), compared to 14,466 in 2009. Sheehan's total this year: 6,973. As it happens, that is 1,619 fewer votes than she got in the Democratic primary for treasurer in 2009 when she got the most votes of any candidate in any city primary (Jerry Jennings got 8,130 votes in the primary that year).
Or, to look at this total a different way: There are roughly 98,000 people who live in the city of Albany (all residents, not just those registered to vote) -- the probable (almost certain) next mayor was selected by roughly 7 percent of those people, with about 11 percent of them voting in the Democratic primary.
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