On the eve of a re-election bid, there are no major rallies, no stump speeches, as Stephanie Miner appears ready to coast into a second term. YNN's Bill Carey says the mayor, though, is resisting all the talk that she has disappeared from a campaign scene where she remains the only major party contender.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When it comes to predictions of a sure thing for Stephanie Miner, two other candidates would beg to differ.
Kevin Bott, representing the Green Party, has tried again and again to coax the mayor into debates with no success.
Ian Hunter, the 71-year-old republican running on the Conservative Party line, has spent virtually no money, but hopes for a strong showing.
The mayor, who faces no challenger from the Republican Party, denies she's been taking it easy.
"Some people say, well, you weren't campaigning. But when you're the mayor and you're running for re-election, even if you have what other people decide are minor party candidates, as I said, I'm running on my record. And so every time I leave the house, I'm running for re-election and I'm talking to people about what I've done and what I want to do," Miner said.
But since surviving a three way democratic primary in September, Miner's campaign has definitely changed.
This "low key" campaign could produce a record that elections commissioners would rather avoid. There's a chance that we could set a new record low turnout figure, below 25 percent. And that has some candidates "down ticket" concerned.
Two years ago, democrat Khalid Bey won a district common council seat in a race against Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. But he won by just 97 votes. And Hawkins is back again this year.
"Branding is essentially the issue and what draws people out. People tend to attract toward excitement and, a lot of times, when you have races without a 'top of the ticket.' there's a lot less excitement." Bey said.
Miner says this year's mayoral race is what it is.
"To have a race for the sake of having a race, as a candidate, and as somebody who runs for office, and somebody who watches politics, I'm not in favor of that. Do I think our democracy is well served when we have people of good intention and good ideas who stand up and talk about that? Absolutely," Miner said.
The mayor claims she is campaigning every day. Meeting voters. Discussing issues. It's just that, this year, it has a different look and feel.
Four years ago, Miner first won the post of mayor in a three way race against republican and conservative party challengers. Her margin of victory was just over 2,400 votes.