Election Watch 2021

Are elections deliberately confusing? Do you understand the platforms of the candidates who are running? Do you understand all the party lines?

Corinne Carey, Hudson Mohawk Magazine’s political & public affairs correspondent, is conducting a series of interviews with Troy-based candidates for local office. Corinne invited all 38 candidates running on 5 party lines for 5 local offices (Family Court Judge, Rensselaer County Executive, RenCo County Clerk, RenCo County Legislature, and Troy City Council) to sit for a 10-minute candidate profile interview for Hudson Mohawk Magazine.

To hear about the series as a whole, Corrine was interviewed about her work at the beginning of September and again at the beginning of October.

Family Court Judge, Rensselaer County Executive, RenCo County Clerk, and Troy City Council

RenCo County Legislature

Rodney Wiltshire

Rodney Wiltshire, former Troy City Council President and 2-time mayoral candidate, is seeking a term on the Rensselaer County Legislature representing District 1, which covers Troy. HMM political & public affairs correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Rodney about what accomplishments as a public official he’s most proud of, his feelings about the Black Lives Matter movement, and where he stands on some of the issues facing Troy.

Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming

Rensselaer County lawmaker Mark Fleming is seeking re-election to his seat representing District 1’s Troy. Fleming spoke with Hudson Mohawk Magazine correspondent Corinne Carey about his campaign, what he’s most proud of in his public service career, and where he stands on some of the county’s hot-button issues.

Ken Zalewski

HMM correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Ken Zalewski who has represented Troy’s 5th District on the City Council for a total of ten years about his bid for a county legislature seat representing District 1, which encompasses the City of Troy. Ken spoke about his view of the role of the county legislature, as well as his position on a number of hot topics facing local lawmakers.

RenCo County Clerk

Frank Merola

Frank J. Merola is seeking a seventh term as Rensselaer County Clerk. If successful, Merola would longest-serving RensCo County Clerk. HMM correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Frank about the role of County Clerk, and his view of the office. This interview is part of HMM’s Election Watch 2021 Series featuring candidate profiles of those seeking office in the upcoming general election.

Justan Foster

On November 2, Rensselaer County voters will see a new name on the ballot for the position of County Clerk. Justan Foster is running to unseat Frank J. Merola, who is seeking his 7th term as Rensselaer County Clerk. HMM correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Justan about his priorities, and the important work of the County Clerk. This interview is part of HMM’s Election Watch 2021 Series featuring candidate profiles of those seeking office in the upcoming general election.

Family Court Judge

Anne Coonrad

HMM correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Anne Coonrad, who is challenging sitting Judge Jill Kehn for the position of Family Court Judge in Rensselaer County. Carey spoke with Coonrad about her experience, her priorities, and what characteristics she thinks a family court judge ought to have.

Troy City Council

Emily Menn

HMM correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Emily Menn, candidate for Troy City Council in District 4. Emily shared her thoughts about development in the city, who she looks to for guidance, and where she stands on some of Troy’s most pressing issues.

D. Colin Charlestin

Local poet D. Colin Charlestin is challenging long-time incumbent Jim Gulli for the District 1 seat on Troy’s City Council. HMM correspondent Corinne Carey spoke to D. about her campaign, her priorities, and some of Troy’s hot-button political issues.

Kiani Conley-Wilson

Kiani Conley-Wilson bested her challenger Cary Dresher in the Democratic Primary in June, and she’ll compete with property investor Aaron Lozier for a seat on Troy’s City Council representing District 5 in the general election on November 2. HMM political & public affairs correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Conley-Wilson about her priorities, how she’ll govern should she win the seat, and where she stands on some of Troy’s hot-button political issues.

Sue Steele

Sue Steele is seeking a second term on Troy’s City Council. HMM correspondent Corinne Carey talked to Sue about her views on housing, development, and how the city should spend more than $45 million in federal relief funds. She also answered some rapid fire questions about hot-button issues facing the city’s lawmakers.

More Election Watch 2021

Reporting on Local Candidates on the November 2021 Ballot

Corinne Carey, Hudson Mohawk Magazine’s political & public affairs correspondent, spoke with radio hosts Mark Dunlea and Andrea Cunliffe about a series of interviews she’s conducting with Troy-based candidates for local office called Election Watch 2021. Corinne invited all 38 candidates running on 5 party lines for 5 local offices (Family Court Judge, Rensselaer County Executive, RenCo County Clerk, RenCo County Legislature, and Troy City Council) to sit for a 10-minute candidate profile interview that we’ll air during our nightly program between now and election day on November 2. She joined us on the program to give us a preview of what is to come in this series of interviews.

HMM’s Election Watch 2021: What’s at Stake for Troy?

With 38 local candidates running on 5 party lines for 5 different offices this year, Troy voters are likely to face confusing choices on their November 2 general election ballot. HMM correspondent Corinne Carey spoke with Troy City Councilperson Anasha Cummings to get his take on what’s at stake in this election for Troy. This interview is Part 1 of a 2-part interview with Cummings, who currently represents District 4, but is not running for re-election this year. This segment aims to help Troy voters decode the November 2021 ballot, and kicks of a series of candidate profile interviews that will air on the Hudson Mohawk Magazine between September and election day on November 2.

Interviewing Candidates for Election Watch 2021

Hudson Mohawk Magazine’s political & public affairs correspondent Corinne Carey joined us to give us another Election Watch 2021 update. She invited all 38 candidates running on 5 party lines for 5 local offices, but many candidates have yet to respond. Corinne spoke about her interview style, broke down some of the confusion around party lines, and why it’s important to cover candidate profiles in the run up to an election.
Brea Barthel and Sina Basila Hickey spoke with Corinne.

For more information about how and where to vote in Rensselaer County during the primary election, visit the Board of Elections website, and remember:

And you can visit Vote411.org for more info!

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