Republicans still have no candidate to face off against Democrat Mike Hein. Apparently most Republicans are smart enough to know that Mike Hein is well liked by the public and probably is unbeatable no matter who runs.
However, Republicans are not giving up. The soon to be new Chair of the Ulster County Republican party Roger Rascoe is pretty insistent that someone run against Hein and Roger has a lot of energy and something to prove...however Rascoe as far as strategy is concerned is a complete amature, he couldn't hold a candle to myself, let alone political Heavy Weight Mike Hein. No offense but if the Republicans wanted to gain any sort of credibility they would have made Tom Turco chairman and focused their energy on the District Attorney race...another race they will lose and lose badly.
Word on the street is Phil Sinagra is going to be made the place holder for Ulster County Executive at the GOP convention in two weeks and that Ulster Supervisor James Quigley is still thinking over a run for Executive. Quigley, who would win reelection in a walk for Ulster Supervisor, would be foolish to challenge Hein.
City Republicans are in even worse shape, we hear they have no candidates for Alderman at large or in Wards 2,3,5,&9.
I predict Richard Cahill will emerge as the nominee of the Republican city convention for Mayor, from what I hear he has the votes. Andi Turco Levin, Ron Polocco and Jean Jacobs are all committed to going to a primary regardless of the outcome.
City Democrats have strong candidates in all wards : Wards ;2 Hoffay, 3; Landi, 4Whitlock, 5 ;Woerner/ Keizer..Woerner will ultimately be nominee, 6; Ball, 7 ;(rumor) Frank Dart, 8; Robert Senor and 9 Halwick/Simek I did not leave out Ward 1 because there is no candidate, expect a HUGE NAME to run in Ward 1 that will all but guarantee a victory for Democrats..I have been sworn to secrecy.
Hugh Reynolds predicted a Shayne Gallo victory for Tuesday's Democratic convention for the race for mayor. We will see. The Democratic convention will be tight because the Dem City Chairman is very much out front for Gallo's opponent Freshman Hayes Clement. Gallo's huge momentum throughout Kingston is showing, especially in midtown. As a result we hear Gallo is picking up support left and right. Regardless of Tuesday's outcome, Gallo is looking at a 2:1 primary victory.