Stephanie Overwhelmingly Wins the Democratic Designation!

Stephanie Miner wins Onondaga County Democratic Committee designation for Syracuse mayor

by Delen Goldberg / The Post-Standard

Syracuse.com
Wednesday May 06, 2009

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Stephanie Miner won the Democratic designation for Syracuse mayor this evening, overwhelmingly defeating challengers Joe Nicoletti and Alfonso Davis. Miner received 73.3 percent of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee's votes, while Nicoletti earned 24 percent and Davis received 2.7 percent.
Miner is currently a city councilor at large. Nicoletti is a former councilor at large, and Davis is a local consultant.
"As a lifelong Democrat, it means a lot to me to know the community members who make up the committee share my vision for a new Syracuse," Miner said in a statement. "While this pledge of support is significant, it is just the beginning of a long conversation between us about the city we love."
Both Miner and Nicoletti issued statements on tonight's announcement. They are posted below:

Miner: "I am honored to receive our Democratic Committee's endorsement. Over the past several weeks, I've been in our neighborhoods, community centers and churches. I've stood before the parents, neighbors and business owners who make up our local Democratic Committee, sharing my vision with them and asking them to look forward with me. I am humbled by their overwhelming response. As a lifelong Democrat, it means a lot to me to know the community members who make up the committee share my vision for a new Syracuse. The principles that define the Democratic Party - justice, equality, and opportunity for children and families - are principles I'll never take lightly. They are the core values that drive our shared desire to create jobs that support our families, to improve our schools and graduation rates, and to ensure that our neighborhoods thrive and our streets are safe. While this pledge of support is significant, it is just the beginning of a long conversation between us about the city we love. I look forward to continuing this conversation with fellow Democrats and fellow citizens across the city."

Nicoletti: "I am proud of the support I received in the Democratic designation process, and I want to thank the committee members who voted for me. I have said all along I was the underdog, having been out of the political process for over 10 years. I have respect for the process, and I look forward to taking my message to the 38,000 Democrats in the city of Syracuse. We now have the opportunity of bringing our message of putting Syracuse families first by improving our education system, making our neighborhoods safe and bringing jobs to all of the people of Syracuse. We have a clear choice in this election, and we need a mayor who will put our families first. We have an opportunity to elect a mayor with the experience, vision and temperament to bring our community together. I look forward to this exciting campaign."