Saratoga County has the Blues

Excerpts from a article: Democrats Poised To Make Big Gains in Traditionally Republican Saratoga County, NY This November published October 2, 2017.

The tide is finally turning. After over a century and a half of virtually unchecked one-party Republican rule, Saratoga County, New York is slowly continuing its transition into a competitive two-party county.

Democrats’ wins in Saratoga County a crack in GOP dynasty

Saratoga County sees changing of the guard for first time in decades

Over the last 42 years, no Democrat has filled Ballston Spa village board seat.

But that changed after Tuesday’s election, when two members of the party unseated an incumbent Republican.

Bruce Couture and Ron Henry, well-known political leaders in the village, lost to engineer Raymond Shawn and lawyer Noah Shaw.

And it wasn’t just Ballston Spa that saw a change. Democrats swept every seat in Schuylerville — mayor and two trustees seats. Dan Carpenter outpolled Jason Young, 174 to 143; and Nicole Proctor (267 votes) and Bryan Drew (199 votes) beat incumbent James Miers (116 votes).

Village Clerk Anna Welfley said she can’t remember a time when Schuylerville’s mayor was a Democrat.

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