SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Spa City has seen its fair share of growth the last few years with lots of shops, apartments, and even a movie theater; and the person to lead Saratoga Springs will also be changing.
The new mayor will be a woman and one with experience - two candidates are vying for that position, Democrat Joanne Yepsen and Republican Shauna Sutton.
"There's such a high energy for the last few months with the voters, and they're looking forward to open and transparent government in the mayor's office," says Yepsen, a four-term Saratoga County Supervisor.
"We can be productive and we can get things accomplished. We don't need negative politics here," said Sutton, who's been deputy mayor for six years.
Yepsen says her priorities have been on open government, protecting and growing horse racing, along with helping her constituents.
"We're going to work with everyone regardless of political party," she said.
Sutton says she's worked with current mayor Scott Johnson to spur economic development and has a background in management and business.
"I believe that I'm that leader with experience to take this city into a whole new realm where we haven't been before," she said.
Change is also coming to the Saratoga County Sheriffs Office with three candidates vying for Sheriff. Republican and Independence Candidate Michael Zurlo, Conservative and Democratic candidate Phil Lindsey and Jason Longton Jr., who is running on the "Stop Corruption" independent line. Zurlo and Lindsey both say IT will be a focus.
"Technology will be a big factor, what our website, social media, Facebook and Twitter," said Zurlo. "It's going to continue, neighborhood safety, keeping the residents safe. A safe place for them to live, work and raise a family and still continue with my team safety advisory council."
"There are upgrades that need to be done in the department, in updaing computers," said Lindsey. "I'm a police officer, that's what I do. I'm not a political person, I just want to do the best job that I can do and provide a good service to residents of the county."