A bunch has been said about the mayor's race but little about the Council, where all nine seats are up for grabs.
Obviously, how voter fraud
shakes out is a major component to how the candidates shake out but at the pace Trey Smith, the special prosecutor, is going we may not even know before the election let alone before petitions hit the streets in June.
One thing is evident though, the more papers
filed by Brian Premo, the attorney representing indicted Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough, the worse it looks for the others who are implicated. People are saying he's doing a better job than Smith in prosecuting the case - or at least a quicker one.
Tonight, let's look at the at large seats.
Council President Clement Campana isn't indicted yet but a motion
filed by Premo included an agreement to waive his right to speedy trial and in that document Campana admits Smith could have charged him with a crime. To me that means he was willing to cut a deal.
And, if he runs for anything it will be mayor. I know some of you are re-reading the last graph, but it's true. And it is Troy. And weirder things have happened in Troy.
Democrat Michael LoPorto probably won't run again either. Given that he already stands indicted on 42 felonies
in voter fraud, he probably has more important things on his mind.
Democrat John Brown hasn't been indicted yet, but is one of nine to give up a DNA sample and in one document
filed by Premo a Democratic operative, Robert Martiniano, claims Brown said he was going to forge some documents.
What happens there is anyone's guess but odds are Brown doesn't run again.
That means all three could be wide open.
There are two looking to run with the Republicans though I'll be honest and am not sure what party either is enrolled.
One is Tom Killips, a former photographer at this paper who was eyeballing a run for mayor
. Wednesday, he dropped out - which was really a moot drop out since Carmella Mantello had already secured the GOP nod for mayor - with the caveat he may seek another office.
He lives in District 2 though, and that would mean incumbent Mark McGrath would have to go at large instead of running there and I just don't see that happening. It's a safe seat in his home district so why try to go city wide for the same amount of money if he doesn't have to.
That factor plays into the future of another candidate, Billie-Jean Greene
, a tea party person. I know her hardly at all but she is young and ambitious and could being that energy
to a council now occupied by nine middle aged white guys.
I wish I had some Democratic names to throw out there because despite what some in that party think, I do try to give the members of each party an equal say.
If I've omitted anyone feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com
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