Campana announces candidacy for Troy mayor
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TROY, N.Y. -- Clem Campana made it official Wednesday at Monument Square announcing his bid to be the next mayor of Troy.
"I'm a Troy boy all my life, and the next logical step for me was to do what I'm doing," he said.
The Democrat and current City Council president was surrounded by family, friends and supporters, even some who had wanted to be the Democrats' choice for mayor.
Washington Park Association President Lynn Kopka said, "I think it's important we have a unified ticket. Even those of us who competed who are not successful are strongly behind Clem. We want to see him win, and we're going to work our butts off to get him to win."
Campana touted his accomplishments from securing additional funding for public safety to leading the fight against a proposed tax rate increase. But he said there's much more to be done.
Campana said, "You have the ups and downs, but at the end of the day it's all about the people, and that's what I'm about, and that's what we're going to focus on."
Of course, Troy Democrats have had their fair share of controversy. There are claims that dozens of absentee ballots were forged for the Working Families Party by people associated with the city's Democratic Party. One of the targets of the investigation was Campana, but he was never charged in the case.
"I did nothing wrong," Campana said. "I wouldn't be here if I did."
Campana also got fired up when asked about the demolition of the former City Hall building and put blame on current Mayor Harry Tutunjian.
"I didn't want to move out of this building in the first place," Campana said. "I didn't want the demolition of this building. There was no council approval and he went ahead and did it anyway."
Campana's opponent is Republican candidate Carmella Mantello. She ran and lost the mayoral race in 1999. The pair will face off in November.
Campana said, "I pledge I will do my best to make Troy the best it can be."