(Democrats) Jim Noble, Shayne Gallo, Hayes Clement, David Donaldson
(Republicans) Ron Polacco, Rich Cahill, Andi Turco Levin, Jean Jacobs
(Dark Horses that could emerge) Nick Woerner, Chris Koenig
Jim Noble has said publicly since Sottile made the decision to call it quits that he had little interest in running for mayor. Now it looks as if Noble has changed his tune, telling people close to him that he is running for Kingston Mayor.
What about Shayne? Shayne Gallo had previously stated he would run for mayor only if Noble did not, so with Noble gearing up to enter the Kingston Mayor's race what will Gallo do? There may come a point that Gallo is in too deep and forced to move forward with the race regardless of who runs, if this happens it will benefit freshman Alderman Hayes Clement.
Hayes Clement who represents Ward 9, is a good guy and an Alderman that has shown basic competency in his ward but in no way is he going to be Kingston's next mayor. Hayes is smart and has done all the right things to quickly establish himself as a rising star in Democratic politics, going to county functions (something Gallo and Noble have not done), throwing around money and hosting events for important Democrats, and establishing himself as a businessman that has the right skills and temperament to run the city.
Fact is though, we don't know what kind of Mayor Hayes would be, he has been on the political scene for all of 10 minutes and his candidacy is really a lot of hype by the political establishment. We do know Clement is a Conservative Democrat at best, some would say he is a Democrat in name only and I would be hard pressed to find anyone to call him Progressive.
Nick Woerner and Chris Koenig are both friends of mine and I think both would be strong candidates. If either run, the race would be wide open and really anyone's for the taking.
Out of the Democratic candidates running at this time, Kingston would be well served under Shayne Gallo or Jim Noble both have the experience and best intentions for Kingston. I honestly remain undecided on the two because they are both great, although I am leaning at this time toward Shayne Gallo.
On the Republican side there is a field of five candidates or so but the nomination will go to Ron Polacco or Richard Cahill. Democrats should be able to keep the office of mayor in 2011 unless Kingston Democrats put up a candidate like Hayes Clement who could lose to either one of them.
In the next two months the race for the respective nominations for both parties will heat up and we will have a better look at who's serious and who's not. No matter what, the mayor's race is something I'm looking forward. It's the first open seat for mayor in 23 years and will be fun to watch, stay tuned.