ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Democratic voters in Albany can place their ballots on Tuesday, June 22 in a primary race between two-term incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan and challenger Rev. Valerie Faust.
During the pandemic knocking on doors has been hard until recently. Both candidates had to rely on themselves for campaign funding.
“We relied on word of mouth for my campaign. We told people to tell your momma, your cousin, your auntie to vote for me. However we did get around to a lot of people knocking on doors,” said Valerie Faust.
“People are waking up and saying what do you mean there’s a primary. That’s the reaction I have gotten a lot going door to door,” said Mayor Sheehan.
This campaign focuses on the financial toll of the pandemic. Mayor Sheehan says it has been important asking the community how the federal funds from the American Rescue Plan should be spent.
“If you have a program or have an idea, we have funding. We want to make sure we are investing in our city and our youth,” said she.
“It is important to prioritize, listen to the people, and find out what they need in their communities,” said Faust.
As they went door to door, both candidates say many have expressed concerns about the increase in gun violence in Albany.
“We are sending the message that if you use a gun in the city of Albany, we will find you, we will arrest you and we will ask to prosecute you to the fullest extent,” said Sheehan.
“I think it’s up to my people to really lead out and try to stop this,” said Faust.
The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary will face Republican Alicia Purdy and Independent Greg Aidala in November.
The polls will be opened throughout the Capital Region on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For a full roster of Albany primary candidates, see the board of elections’ website.