Guilderland Election Results

The Guilderland election results for 2009 are in. Short story: For the next two years at least, Guilderland belongs to Ken Runion.

Details and some thoughts below:

For Supervisor:
Kenneth D Runion Jr 4,647
Peter A Golden 3,629

For the math-challenged, Runion won by over 1000 votes. That’s a big win.

For Town Board:

Paul C Pastore 4,665
Patricia J Slavick 4,605
Matthew D Nelligan 3,571
David B Fraterrigo 3,165

Back in 2007, these were the vote totals for Town Board (the only contested race):

Mark E Grimm 4,187
Warren Redlich 3,961
David A Bosworth Jr 3,730
Michael F Ricard 3,723

The most obvious detail is that the Dems won in 2009 by a far larger margin than we did in 2007. Another note is that turnout seems slightly higher this year, and that’s before absentee ballots are counted. The 2007 numbers probably include them.

Of course I’m disappointed. I’m also surprised. Our candidates worked hard. They spent a lot of money too – maybe three times as much as we spent. It seemed that Runion was particularly weak – with incidents like the Ghost of Altamont bringing him lower. His policy decision to raise his own pay while cutting paramedics seemed odd in an election year.

Political types can quibble about what the result means, or about what our team did wrong. That might be a worthwhile discussion if it was a close race. But it wasn’t. To me, Guilderland voters sent a clear message. They want Ken Runion to run Guilderland. I will be quieter for the next two years.

7 comments to Guilderland Election Results

  • Anonymous

    I think just being a Republican party candidate automatically puts you at a big disadvantage. People are sick of that party on the national level and unfortunately it gets taken out on the local level were party really doesn't matter.

    The important thing is that everyone does what is best for the town. The pathways and sidewalks projects are a big deal to people. The lack of continuous side walk on Carmen Rd. and on Western Ave. from town hall to Crossgates should be a huge priority for the town. Seems like the perfect project for Obama stimulus money, has anyone even the Feds for some?

  • I don't agree about the impact of national party attitudes on local elections. The GOP was doing poorly in 2007 when we won.

    As for stimulus money, this is one of our criticisms of the current Guilderland administration.

  • Anonymous

    the fact is over 3,600 people voted for Golden. Kenny and Co. got the DEM faithful out. Runion must be more sensitive to ALL citizens. I don't know what the beef he has with the GOP is, but when he finds out you are a Republican–he treats you like you have a curse. he can't even look at you guys at the Board meetings

  • He hates us because we tell the truth about him. But he does occasionally look at us.

  • Anonymous

    Fill me in. I have been in town only since 2003, What drove the Kenster and his followers away from the GOP ?

  • "The Kenster"?? Interesting nickname. Sounds like you've been reading my earlier material.

    The answer to your question is complicated and I'm not sure I'm the best person to respond. Short story as I remember it is that the GOP had a factional split in the late 1990s. Runion was on the losing side.

    In 1999, the Dems offered him the Supervisor endorsement and he won.

    As for filling you in about the truth, check out Ken Runion.

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