Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – It may be for party members only, but Tuesday’s primary is a crucial one in the race for Mayor of Syracuse.
Three Democrats are battling for the party nod in November, which may be the only real race they run since the Republican Party is struggling to even find a candidate to run.
The three candidates explained that being mayor is about helping people, but each has a different view of how to accomplish that.
"I think we have been going in new directions and focusing on services and providing them in a new way, providing them in an innovative way, looking for partnerships with the county for example,” said Stephanie Miner, current Syracuse Mayor seeking a second term.
“I think you have to determine what works and what doesn't work and you have to advocate for the families and you have to allocate resources that benefit the family,” explained current Syracuse Common Councilor Pat Hogan. "I think the solution is having an administration that's totally focused on crime and quality of life issues. It takes into account that solving the crime issue is a complex issue, in that you have to use the police department, you have to use the codes department, you have to use the school district."
"I'm a firm believer if you create opportunity and access and give people a chance, then you will see in my opinion a decrease in crime," said Democratic candidate Alfonso Davis.
The candidates know everything they want to accomplish for the city is balanced against the huge financial problems facing Syracuse.
"It’s going to take our best skills and I have committed that we are going to be leaders on this issue. As the mayor of this city, I'm going to make sure I'm at the table when we start looking at these structural issues impacting cities across New York State and across the country," said Miner.
Davis says as an insurance agent and financial planner, he has the skills and experience to deal with financial issues.
"At the end of the day, you have to balance your checkbook. At the end of the day, you have to make sure the right bills are being paid. I'm dealing with maintaining or making sure they can be present for today and plan for the future,” Davis said.
With no serious candidate on the Republican side in this fight for mayor, primary day may be the mayoral race before mid-September is here.
"I'm running my race and talking about my record and talking to voters about what we've done in the past and what we're going to continue to do. With that in mind, what other parties do or other people say doesn't matter to me," Miner said.
Hogan addressed the speculation on whether he would run on the Republican bill if he doesn't win on Tuesday.
"That hasn't been offered, they haven't asked me to do it and I haven't asked them to endorse me," Hogan said.
"If you don't vote in September, you're not going to see me in November. So for me, it is clear we must make sure that message is loud and clear," said Davis.
After all the campaigning, each candidate hopes their message has gotten through loud and clear to voters.
Polls for all area primary elections open at noon and close at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.