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DA candidates lock horns

Incumbent, challenger have opposing views of county’s state of affairs

Albany County District Attorney David Soares, left and his Democratic primary challenger, Lee Kindlon, traded barbs about the past, present and future of the county in a Wednesday, Sept. 5, debate.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares, left and his Democratic primary challenger, Lee Kindlon, traded barbs about the past, present and future of the county in a Wednesday, Sept. 5, debate. Photo by John McIntyre.

— Yet Kindlon disagreed, saying Soares is “running to be the district attorney of the City of Albany” while Kindlon is running to be the “district attorney of Albany County.”

“Here in Albany County we’ve reached a fork in the road. Down one path we have four more years of the same problems, same scandals, same excuses,” Kindlon said. “If we choose a new path … we have the chance to being a new with fresh ideas, a bold vision, a promise for a safe tomorrow.”

Soares, who was elected as Albany County DA in 2004, is running for his third term. Albany defense attorney Kindlon would presumptively take the office should he win the Thursday, Sept. 13 primary, as there is no other challenger.

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