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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Spa City elections

For detailed information about next week's candidates, visit www.spotlightnews.com. Here is a synopsis of the candidates.

A three-way race for mayor and a contentious public works race are among some of the many choices Saratoga Springs voters face on Nov. 6.

Mayor

Incumbent Democrat Valerie Keehn faces Republican Scott Johnson and Independent Gordon Boyd, whom Keehn defeated in the Democratic primary.

The mayor of Saratoga Springs receives an annual salary of $14,500.

Commissioner of public works

Former County Supervisor Anthony Skip Scirocco hopes to unseat 30-year City Council veteran Thomas McTygue for the position of commissioner of public works.

Scirocco, 59, a Republican, has taken McTygue, 66, a Democrat in his 16th term in office, to task for a string of investigations into the department and inactivity on a city recreation center.

The city has $6.5 million in funding for the project, but McTygue has recently come out in favor of building a smaller, $2.5 million facility on the West Side.

Scirocco said the land and money are ready to go and should be used.

The commissioner of public works receives an annual salary of $14,500.

Commissioner of finance

Retired educator Jane Weihe and technology consultant Ken Ivins are facing off for the position of Commissioner of Finance.

Ivins, the Republican candidate, offered up his business acumen as the reason why voters should choose him this November. Ivins runs his own technological consulting firm and ran the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for seven years.

Commissioner of public safety

Incumbent Democrat Ron Kim is challenged by Republican Richard Wirth.

Kim said when he took office amid controversy and scandal two years ago, the goal was to get the public safety department out of the newspaper headlines and take the politics out of public safety. "I think we've done that," he said.

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