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Kathy Sheehan led the polls, and ultimately succeeded in the primary election. She defeated Corey Ellis to become the Democratic nominee for Albany Mayor. YNN's Innae Park reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is one step closer to becoming the first female mayor in Albany's long history. She'll be on the mayoral ballot come November, with her democratic primary opponent Corey Ellis conceding less than an hour after the polls closed.
Sheehan got a number of high profile endorsements leading up to the primary, most notably from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She says she's humbled by the support and hoping voters in the general election will give her the chance to instill some changes in city government.
"We've gotta build strong neighborhoods, we've gotta get leadership in place that's going to be representative of our city and we've gotta be willing to embrace 21st century technology so that we can do the things that we need to do to close that budget gap that we have and put our city on a path to growth," Sheehan said.
She is expected to be favored in November, with many more registered democrats in Albany. The winner will replace Jerry Jennings, who's served the city for two decades.
Not long after conceding, former City Councilman Corey Ellis threw his support behind Sheehan.
"She has a vision, she has a plan for this city. However she feels she can use my talents, I will be open to helping her in any way she sees fit," said Ellis. "I'm really committed to making sure this city grows."
Sheehan added, "I think he will continue to be somebody who is important to our city."
On November 5, Sheehan will be on the ballot in addition to Republican Jesse Calhoun, Conservative Joseph Sullivan, and a Green Party candidate who has not been determined yet.