Democrats hit the ground running this election year calling for more accountability from the Republican administration.
Democrats came out against recent practices that have cost the town hundreds of thousands of dollars and landed them under investigation by some state and county agencies lately.
Leading up to the elections, Colonie Republicans came under fire for using public employees and equipment to dispose of town-owned waste soils in the privately owned West Albany Rod and Gun Club. Several town officials are members of the club, including Boisvert. The town defended the practice, stating that the public benefit far outweighed the private. Albany County District Attorney David Soares and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli launched a joint investigation into the work after residents and town Democrats called for one.
Despite the unofficial results, Brizzell said that the count doesn't show a clear mandate by town residents.
"I think it was one big sweeping change. It's an accumulation of change," said Brizzell, comparing the Democrats showing to recent state and federal mid-term elections and general elections in the county and neighboring towns.
She wasn't clear on what exactly may have been the coup de grace to the town GOP defeat, but did say that the recent news of a five-year running $8.5 million deficit in the town didn't help.
"I didn't have a good feeling with it," said Brizzell.
"Sometimes when people are there for a very long time, they get comfortable. I know from walking door-to-door there was a strong sense that people were feeling the need for change," said Mahan.
This year, Democrats focused on the issues and the facts, she said. It was what won the election for her and board members.
Albany County Board of Elections posted the unofficial results on Wednesday, Nov. 7:
Town Supervisor: Mahan 10,712, Brizzell 10,339.
Democrats: Hernandez 10,435, Carl 9,998 and Becker 9,987.
Republicans: DeMartino 9,342, Claridge 9,293 and Boisvert 9,192.
Town Clerk: Elizabeth DelTorto (R), Alison McClean (D) 9,693.
Town Justice Peter Crummey ran unopposed. He received 20,767 votes.