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Election Results: Mahoney Wins Third Term; Republican Picks Up Seat on City Council


Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney won 60 percent of the vote, and a third term, against her opponent Toby Shelley, Nov. 3. Shelley is a Democrat who also ran on the Conservative Party line.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to serve another term,” Mahoney stated.

Mahoney was first elected in 2007, then had run unopposed for the office, again, in 2011.

She has had the unusual ability to cross party lines, and was also recently endorsed by Syracuse’s Alliance Network, an advocacy group which typically endorses Democrats, during her bid for re-election.

In addition, Democratic Gov. Andrew Como also endorsed Mahoney during her current bid for office.

Shelley reportedly ran a grassroots campaign, which had little chance of competing against Mahoney’s $1 million campaign fund. Additionally, he blamed low-voter turnout for the loss.

“I think we did a great job,” Shelley stated.

In the race for Common Council, Republican Joe Carni picked up a Northside seat, defeating Democrat Jake Barrett, with 53.4 percent of the vote.

In addition, former Syracuse police chief Steve Thompson will take Councilor-At-Large Kathleen Joy’s seat, who has reached her term limit in the position.

Democratic Councilor Khalid Bey held onto his seat in the fourth district, beating out Independent candidate Mary Nelson, and an unaffiliated party candidate, Rev. L. Micah O. Dexter II, after garnering 74 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Common Councilor and Majority Leader Helen Hudson also won a second term, easily winning 43.5 percent of the vote, which was enough to pick up one of two available at-large seats left on the council.

Republican Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick won his seventh term in office, after running unopposed for the position. Fitzpatrick has held the office since 1994.

In the race for school board, Katie Sojewicz, Dan Romeo, Mark Muhammad and Rita Paniagua all won seats on the completely-Democratic Syracuse city school board.

About 25 percent of eligible Onondaga County voters turned out to the polls to vote Tuesday.