Before we get to our post, we have this:
Just funny, that's all. Why does God hate District 2?
Here we go: just a friendly reminder of who is running for what in Thursday's Democratic primary. Remember to vote. If you don't, the terrorists win. (A reader points out the primary is next Thursday, our mistake. We should have been clear).
Wiltshire will have the Working Families Party line in November.
City Council At-large (top three vote-getters in the general election punished by getting a seat on the City Council).
So-Called Wade Democrats will be listed first, followed by Team Troy.
Erin Sullivan-Teta (incumbent)
Council District 1
Council District 2 *
Council District 3
Council District 4
Barbara Jones Higbee
Bob Doherty (incumbent)
Council District 5
Lynn Kopka (At-Large incumbent running in a district for first time)
Council District 6
With a few exceptions, this is a veritable 'who's that' of the political world. A bad thing? Not necessarily.
Of course the Democratic line for mayor is the big enchilada. It is not only a straight-forward contest between two candidates, it may determine Democratic Chair Tom Wade's future. While a Wiltshire victory has no technical effect on the chairmanship, it will weaken Wade's influence and perhaps ignite another attempt to oust him at the next organizational meeting. If Wiltshire wins, what does it say about Wade's ability to run the party? Beth Walsh bucked the system in her run for Family Court, but Troy mayor is like the jewel in the Democratic crown. If Wade has no input into the patronage mill his influence will have to wane.
If Wiltshire and most of his people lose the primary, is that that? Is he done, over, neutralized? Can Bob Doherty, the Team Troy player with the best chance of winning, carry the Team Troy banner into the new year?**
Outside of the mayoral contest, the big race to watch is District 5 (nestled cozily between Districts 4 and 6). It is well-known that Wiltshire and Lynn Kopka do not like each other. Team Troy is concentrating most of their efforts in this district and the results will be telling. Or not. We have heard good things about Mr. Bissember and we like Lynn Kopka (yes, feral cats and all). District 5 should be in good hands.
* Based on their choice between McGrath and Robertson, Council District 2 sent use a hostage video where they blinked S.O.S on a continuous loop
** Not a figure of speech but an actual banner he will have to lug around in public