Stephanie Miner Holds Onto Democratic Nomination in Primary

Sep 11, 2013

Mayor Stephanie Miner wins democratic primary.
Mayor Stephanie Miner wins democratic primary.
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Mayor Stephanie Miner will once again be the democratic party’s candidate for mayor of the City of Syracuse.


With over 53 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary, Miner says the people’s choice is clear…


“When you have a race of three people and one candidate gets over 50% that mathematically shows you that the people of this party are very happy with the leadership…”


But things won’t be stopping there. Miner points out that while the vote shows support for her time as mayor, her work is nowhere near complete…


“I’m not happy or satisfied with any place where we are. I want to move forward with more economic development, the joint school construction board phase two to renovate more schools, increase test scores and also graduation rates, continue to fully support say yes to education and move forward with the land banks so that we can get the scourge of vacant properties out of our neighborhoods”


A G-O-P candidate has not been announced yet since their party’s candidate selection process is still being reviewed in court. Kevin Bott, the Green Party candidate is expected to announce his bid for mayor later today.  


A CITY COUNCILOR'S CHALLENGE FALLS SHORT


Former City Councilor Pat Hogan came in second in the mayoral race behind incumbent Miner. 
Even after seeing their candidate lose to incumbent Mayor Stephanie Miner, supporters of Pat Hogan continued to back their candidate.  Hogan finished second in the mayoral primary, capturing about 28% of the vote.  He said the outcome is telling of how people in Syracuse feel about the current mayor.

Pat Hogan (right) meets with supporters at his headquarters just prior to his concession speech in the Democratic Mayoral primary.
Pat Hogan (right) meets with supporters at his headquarters just prior to his concession speech in the Democratic Mayoral primary.
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“Half the registered democrats, the people that chose to go to the polls, decided that this administration they’d look for somebody else to lead them as mayor of the city.”


Hogan went on to say people of Syracuse need to see someone representing them who cares about the people of the city, not just infrastructure.  He said quality of life issues were a recurring theme among residents he spoke to.


“It’s crime; it’s the condition of the schools, and the children of our community.”


Hogan refused to say whether he would run under the Republican Party if asked, saying it was something he was not prepared to disclose at this time.  Alfonso Davis came in third in the primaries, averaging around 17% of the vote.