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Jennings interviews for mayoral endorsement, despite not officially running

ALBANY -- Mayor Jerry Jennings hasn’t decided if he’ll seek a sixth term despite interviewing for the endorsement of the Albany County Democratic Committee. On Saturday, Jennings left the annual Tulip Festival to join the three candidates already in the race to discuss their plans for office with committee members.

“After 20 years I can take my time and do what's right as far as I'm concerned I'm vetting it, I'm looking at it and I'll come to a decision,” said Jennings, when asked why he hasn’t made a decision. "I'm still the mayor. There's a process. I'm participating in the process. I'm looking forward to talking with the 15 ward leaders here."

Many candidates’ campaigns are well underway after announcing their intention to run for mayor months ago.

“I announced I was running back in November and we have gone about establishing a campaign HQ, we've trained 150 volunteers. We already have canvassers out,” said Mayoral Candidate Kathy Sheehan, who currently works as the city’s treasurer.

If Jennings decides not to run for a sixth term, Sheehan will face community activist Marlon Anderson and former 3rd Ward Councilman Corey Ellis, who lost the 2009 election against Jennings.

“The night of the election I said I would run again so I have the strength and the will and the passion to represent the city and we believe this time around we'll talk to a lot of voters we didn't get the chance to talk to last time,” said Ellis.

The committee is expected to meet Wednesday to announce its endorsement for mayor.

 
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