Calling himself the county's "fiscal watchdog," Connors has been no stranger to controversy during his years of public service. In 2004, in a move that angered several county Democrats, Connors ran on the Republican ticket against state Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar.
The Albany County Democratic Committee has endorsed opposing candidates in Connors' re-election bids, most recently in the 2007 Democratic primary, when the committee backed Guilderland Councilwoman Patricia Slavick. Connors won that primary and another four-year term without his party's official endorsement.
Also in 2004, Soares had defeated the incumbent Democratic district attorney Paul Clyne in that year's primary, eventually winning in the general election. Clyne is the brother of Bethlehem resident Matt Clyne, who is the Bethlehem Democratic chairman and the county's Democratic board of election commissioner.
Soares, who appears to be running unopposed this year, maintains that nothing inappropriate has happened under his watch.
"First and foremost, I take full responsibility for the inner workings of the Office of the Albany County District Attorney and want to assure the citizens of this county that departmental funds are being used appropriately to carry out the mission of the office," Soares said. "I promise the citizens of Albany County that I will take the necessary steps to guarantee that departmental funds will continue to be used responsibly and appropriately by my office.""