The elections for Albany city offices have drawn at least 10 candidates for the four positions available to be filled. And the filing period has a week to run.
The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 20, so the list of candidates is unlikely to remain unchanged.
As of the close of business Thursday, the names of three incumbent councilmen whose positions are up this year were not on the list of candidates.
They could have already filed, though. City Clerk Mary Dibble told me earlier that filings aren’t added to the list until they are complete.
Councilman Alex Johnson II announced weeks ago that he would challenge Mayor Sharon Konopa for that position. He made it official on Wednesday.
The mayor’s term is two years, while council terms are for four years. So if Konopa wins the mayor’s election, as she has six times before, Johnson remains in his council position, representing Ward 2.
In Ward 1, the candidates as of now are Keith Kolkow, Matilda Novak of the Novak’s Restaurant family, and Sean Knowles.
In Ward 2, former Councilman Ray Kopczynski has been joined in the race by Amanda Dant.
Ward 3 has three candidates so far: Marilyn Smith, Jill Van Buren, and Jessi Brenneman.
I don’t know some of the candidates and hesitate to identify them further based only on internet searches and Facebook posts. On this site, who they are and what they want will have to wait.
In the meantime, think of questions you’ll want to ask these people before Nov. 3 as they campaign online and in their respective wards, or citywide in the mayor’s race.
Here’s one to add to the list: Are you prepared to have the council impose a monthly utility fee to support city services such as police, fire, libraries, and parks, or would you insist such a proposal go before the voters instead? (hh)