Glens Falls 5th Ward Councilman James Clark, a Republican, on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Dan Hall in the special election in November for Glens Falls mayor.
”We’ve got a really good council that works really well together," Clark said in a telephone interview. "Certainly from a transition standpoint it would be a lot smoother if he was elected.”
Hall, currently councilman-at-large, said Monday he is running in the special election for the remaining year in Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond's term.
Diamond announced Monday he will leave office at the end of this year because of language in the City Charter that prohibits holding an elective office for more that eight consecutive years, with the exception of judge or supervisor.
“I would be supportive of him (Hall), particularly when we’ve got one year left in our term. … He’s a proven businessman. He’s got a wonderful rapport with the folks from the county and the community. I think he would have a lot of cross support from both sides," Clark said. "I’ve grown up a lot over the years, and when it comes to local elections, I think politics should be put aside and what is best for the community needs to be put forward. I think this group of people on the council right now have the city’s best interest in mind and all care about one another very much and what happens to the city. Dan would be a good leader in this transitions time right now.”
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