Mayor Stephanie Miner decisively won her bid for re-election last night with a total 68-percent of the votes. The incumbent did not face a Republican challenger, but had a Green party and a Conservative rival. Miner says she is looking forward to tackling the many issues in the city of Syracuse.
“There is no job one. You have 100 jobs you have to do all at the same time. We have the Joint Schools Construction board phase 2 starting. We also have an economic development plan coming out shortly. We also have to move forward with our public safety initiatives. So there are lots of things that we’re doing all at the same time because it’s a very broad and diverse job to run a city.”
Miner spent little time on campaign events and participated in few debates. She says the citizens of Syracuse still hear a good debate from her administration.
“Because of the challenges the city faces and because of the candor that I’ve had with the people of this city, I think that they have heard and will continue to hear about the choices we face. So we’ve had a vigorous debate and discussion about where the city is and how we have to move forward for the past four years. We’re going to continue to do that for the next four.”
The mayor did face opposition from minor party candidates including, Conservative party candidate Ian Hunter and Green party candidate Kevin Bott. Both Hunter and Bott each received just over 15 percent of the vote. Bott says he was proud of the campaign, and that he’d consider running for office again…
“I’m more convinced than ever that non-career politicians need to get into the formal arena or else receiving power to really a political machine that I feel do not put people and this plant before profit.”
Miner plans to continue the progress the city has made over the last four years. Her current term will finish in January, and her new term will last until 2017. That will be her last term as Mayor due to term limits.