Onondaga County's Republican Party made it official on Monday that there will be no republican candidate in the race for Syracuse mayor this November.
At a morning news conference, County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey said 'it's unfortunate,' and that 'good people don't want to get into politics sometimes.'
Dadey also says they gave it 'a yeoman's effort,' and tried to hold the position open, but no candidate came forward.
In August, County Republican Tom Dadey submitted the name of Kevin P. Kuehner to fill the republican line on the ballot. He also pointed out that 'candidates run unopposed all the time, and this is no different.'
Political Scientist Grant Reeher, at SU's Maxwell School, agrees that unopposed races are becoming more common.
"Campaigns have gotten more bruising and, shall we say, less life-affirming, for those who have gotten involved. They've gotten a lot more expensive. So, I think that the candidates who are potentially competitive are being more careful and strategic on the monents to try."
The Republican decision essentially clears the way for Stephanie Miner's second term, though it will be a three-way race: Dr. Kevin Bott will run on the Green Party line and Ian Hunter has the Conservative Party endorsement, though he was turned down by the Republicans.
The campaign may not have head to head debates between major party contenders, but Prof. Reeher says there may be other opportunities for voters to inform themselves, and maybe be more involved: he sees this as a possible opportunity for Mayor Miner to 'take a step back and say alright, I'm not going to have a major party challenger, but what kind of conversations could I have with citizens on what my next term will look like?'
As for the Republicans' future, Dadey says they'll concentrate on other city elections this year: Joe Carni, challenging Jake Barrett for the First District seat on the East/North side, In Pat Hogan's Second District on the west side/Tipp Hill (he is not running) Republican Alex Walsh is running against Democrat Chad Ryan. For the Board of Education, Ed McLaughlin is campaigning for a return. "We don't have a single seat in the city of Syracuse," says Dadey. So, for us to develop a bench like they do in baseball, we need to get foks elected, and we're going to focus on peole who can win andhopefully get those folks elected so we have a bench.
In a separate development, Democratic primary candidate Pat Hogan confirmed Monday that he would not challenge Mayor Stephanie Miner. There had previously been speculation that Hogan would run on the Republican line on November 5 if he lost to Miner in the primary.Last week, Miner defeated Hogan and Alfonso Davis in a primary for the democratic nomination.
"Shortly after last Tuesdayâ??s Democratic Primary, I personally decided that I was not interested in accepting the Republican line to challenge Stephanie Miner in November. At the end of the day, I am a proud life-long Democrat," Hogan said in a statement. "I am disappointed that the people of Syracuse will not have a choice for Mayor this November. Receiving 53% of the vote in a primary is not a resounding victory. I hope Mayor Miner is humbled by those numbers and works hard over the next four years to be less divisive and confrontational."