Thursday, 11 April 2013 14:25

Supervisor Yepsen Announces Mayoral Candidacy

By Staff Report | News

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Four-term city Supervisor Joanne Yepsen announced April 8 she will officially be running for mayor of the Spa City this upcoming election season. 

Yepsen, 54, has represented the city on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors since 2006. She recently voted against trying to sell the county’s financially challenged nursing home and the board’s failed nomination of a 22-year-old Halfmoon woman to the job of animal shelter director.

In addition to her four terms as supervisor, Yepsen mounted an unsuccessful bid for the 43rd State Senate seat in 2010. She lost to incumbent Republican Roy McDonald, but carried the city of Saratoga Springs.

Mayor Scott Johnson, a Republican, announced last month that he will not seek re-election to a third term, though Yepsen said she would have been prepared to run against him. Saratoga Springs Republicans have not yet announced any new candidates.

Accompanied by two of her children at her candidacy announcement, she pledged to make City Hall more accessible and bipartisan, emphasizing “sustainable” development and said she would reactivate the city’s Open Space Commission. 

The decision to run for mayor means Yepsen will vacate the seat on the county board at the end of this year. If elected mayor, Yepsen would make $14,500 per year, a decrease in pay from the $18,508 she currently makes as supervisor.

 

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