Saratoga Springs Mayor-elect Kim on victory: ‘Democracy matters’ – The Saratogian
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Ron Kim is set to become the next mayor of Saratoga Springs.
Unofficial results from the Saratoga County Board of Elections show the Democrat leading the mayoral race with 48 percent of the vote, at a total of 4,029 votes.
At a Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee gathering on Tuesday night at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs, Kim made a victory speech in a room full of cheering supporters.
“We won, and Saratoga won,” he began, “because facts matter, truth matters and democracy matters.”
Kim, who ran on the Democratic and Resilient Saratoga Party lines, went on to thank those who helped with his campaign, and congratulate his fellow winners at the event, including three Democrats that will also serve the city as members of its council.
Prior to running for mayor, Kim was previously the council’s Commissioner of Public Safety from 2005 to 2010 as well as a member and then chair of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
On this Election Day, Kim earned more votes than competitors Heidi Owen West (Republican, Conservative United Saratoga), outgoing Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton (Saratoga Stronger Together) and Maxwell Rosenbaum (Working Families) in the race to replace current Mayor Meg Kelly, who announced earlier this year that she would not seek a third term.
Owen West, a political newcomer and local business owner who claimed 45 percent of the vote at 3,767 votes, thanked her supporters in an address given at the Saratoga County Republican Committee event on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. “I am really proud of the campaign that we ran … and I am proud of everything that we’ve done,” she said.
“I am beyond grateful for the support I have received from our community and proud of the campaign my team and I ran,” Owen West later posted on her campaign’s Facebook page. “I want to thank all of my supporters and the volunteers who worked so hard and made a sacrifice to give back to this City we love. We worked hard, had fun along the way, forged new bonds and accomplished much of what we set out to do. Although the outcome isn’t what we had hoped, you might be surprised to know that I feel even closer to my community and bolstered by the support I received throughout the campaign.
“The relationships created along the way mean more to me than any political office. I will continue to champion the small business community that means so much to me and makes our City special.”
Dalton, who got seven percent of the vote with 553 votes running on a newly created Saratoga Stronger Together line, posted the following regarding the election results on her campaign Facebook page. “Going to bed tonight deeply grateful and happy for the race that our small but mighty team put on. I left the city GOP for a reason and congratulate the Democrats for tonight’s sweep of the local elections,” she said. “Congratulations to Ron Kim, I hope he succeeds in unifying what is clearly a very divided city.”
Rosenbaum received one percent of the vote with 51 votes.
In a pre-election interview with The Saratogian, Kim said his initial focuses as mayor would be starting a real dialogue between City Hall and residents, working with local businesses and residents to develop an emergency plan for future crises, protecting the city’s greenbelt, putting forward a plan to make the city carbon-neutral and working with state and federal officials to secure stimulus funds for badly needed infrastructure projects.
“We can work together to build a city government that works,” he said, “and I’ll be ready on day one to begin that effort.”
Kim will take office as the City of Saratoga Springs’ 22nd mayor on Jan. 1, 2022.