Saratoga Springs Republicans have formally announced their candidate in the upcoming mayor’s race. As YNN’s Matt Hunter reports, while she’s never held elected office, Shauna Sutton has first-hand experience inside City Hall.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Standing in a room of nearly 50 supporters Wednesday, Shauna Sutton asked her guests for permission to start her speech with the end.
“I'm officially declaring my candidacy for the position of mayor of Saratoga Springs," she then announced.
Sutton officially entered the Saratoga Springs mayoral race exactly one month to the day after her opponent, Joanne Yepsen, did the same.
"For the past six years, I've listened, I've learned and now I ask for the opportunity to lead,” Sutton said.
A Spa City native, Sutton has spent the past six years working as current mayor Scott Johnson’s deputy, experience inside City Hall she and her supporters believe will serve her well.
"She knows everybody, she knows every department, she knows how to get things done,” Saratoga Springs Republican Committee Chairman David Harper said. “That's the main thing.”
“She's been living the issues for six years with my office,” said Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson, a fellow Republican. “I have full confidence she is more than ready to do this job.”
Sutton’s opponent is Democrat Joanne Yepsen. She has represented the city on the County Board of Supervisors since 2005.
“I have served this city as an elected official,” Yepsen said Wednesday, following Sutton’s formal announcement. “It’s a very different accountability and it’s a very different agenda that you set for yourself because you’re listening to the public.”
While Sutton would not comment on her opponent Wednesday, Yepsen accused the Johnson administration of lacking transparency over the past six years.
With the race officially underway, the two female candidates now have six months to sway voters in their favor.
“Public input is extremely important because without it, the city will fail,” Yepsen said. “So I expect those will be very different than what she’s offering.”
“This isn't about me or what I think should be done, it's about building consensus and doing what the majority of people would like to see completed,” Sutton said.