2017 Albany mayoral election

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The 2017 mayoral election in Albany, New York, was held on November 7, 2017, and resulted in the incumbent Kathy Sheehan, a member of the Democratic Party, being re-elected to a second term over Conservative Party candidate Joseph Sullivan, Green Party candidate Bryan Jimenez, and Independence Party candidate Frank Commisso Jr.[1][2]


Incumbent mayor Kathy Sheehan was first elected in 2013.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Sheehan won the Democratic primary election with less than 50 percent of the vote. Frank Commisso Jr., a member of the Albany Common Council; and Carolyn McLaughlin, the president of the Common Council, also ran.[2]

General election campaign[edit]

Commisso ran again in the general election as the candidate of the Independence Party. He criticized Sheehan over her handling of the city's finances and on the issue of tax breaks. Sheehan responded to Commisso's criticism through television advertisements, which were funded by a $387,000 loan from Sheehan to her campaign.[2]


2017 Albany mayoral election[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathy Sheehan 10,247 62.63
Working Families Kathy Sheehan 994 6.08
Women's Equality Kathy Sheehan 279 1.71
Total Kathy Sheehan 11,520 70.42
Independence (N.Y.) Frank Commisso Jr. 3,687 22.54
Conservative Joseph P. Sullivan 709 4.22
Green Bryan Jimenez 374 2.29
Write-ins 70 0.43
Total votes 16,360 100.0
Democratic hold

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Democrat Kathy Sheehan re-elected Albany mayor". NYup.com. November 8, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Fries, Amanda. "Four more years for Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan". Times Union. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Election Results". Albany County. December 29, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2018.