Ogdensburg mayoral race shaken up by write-in campaign

Updated: Oct. 16, 2019 at 3:57 PM EDT
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OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - A write-in campaign is shaking up the Ogdensburg mayoral race. The tactics in that race have some pushing back.

All sides say this campaign is different. There are rallies. Facebook postings play a big roll. Accusations are traded. Some say it's too much. Mayoral candidate Mike Skelly disagrees.

“Not at all. Not at all. Everything we bring up is an issue. And it's a legitimate issue,” he said.

Skelly is mounting a write-in campaign with council candidate John Rishe. They're challenging two major-party candidates. The incumbent Republican mayor has a message for them.

“I think each candidate should look upon the positive images of what they can do for their community rather than … downplay other people,” said Wayne Ashley, Republican candidate.

People are taking Skelly's long-shot campaign seriously. He and Rishe even put out a video to show people how to vote for them.

Democrat Sam LaMacchia is touting his experience. He's proud of 30 years of public service including on city council, school board and Bridge & Port Authority.

“The key thing that I learned is about being a good collaborator. Getting all people on board. Take that vision to its fullest and accomplish what you want to do,” he said.

LaMacchia missed being elected mayor by just 5 votes in the 2007 election.

Ashley, LaMacchia and Skelly all want to be sitting in the mayor seat next year. All three say they have good ideas for the city. It will be up to voters to decide on that November 5.

Voters will also cast ballots for three at-large council seats, with five candidates on the ballot, plus Rishe.

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