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The Year in Pictures 2004 - Elections

Never a Dull Moment


John Whipple
(clockwise from top left) The whole country took notice when David Soares won a bitter race for Albany County district attorney, basing much of his campaign on opposition to the excesses of the Rockefeller Drug Laws; after getting no support from the Dems for a run against Assemblyman Bob Prentiss, Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners switched parties to the Republicans in order to run against state Sen. Neil Breslin. He didnít win, but he did stir up a lot of discussion about the meaning of party loyalty versus stands on issues; also taking on a tough nut was Pam Joern, who ran for Columbia County Court judge against the infamous Paul Czajka. The election came down to absentee ballots, but Joern didnít quite make it; Albany County Legislator Wanda Willingham (District 3) campaigned for her seat for a third time, during the do-over in April for the special election in March, scheduled after redistricting delayed the previous Novemberís county legislature elections. Amid accusations and counteraccusations surrounding absentee-ballot fraud, Willingham retained her seat; Margaret Walsh shook up the Albany Democratic establishment by winning the first-ever primary for Family Court judge. Her opponent was still on the ballot in the general election, but he stopped campaigning after the primary; telling us all what we already knew, perennially popular Attorney General Eliot Spitzer officially announced his run for governor in 2006.

Martin Benjamin

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Shannon DeCelle

Teri Currie

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At the Starting Line

(clockwise from top left) After languishing in the shadow of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, during the primaries Sen. John Kerry emerged as the Democratsí candidate, if not standard-bearer; the more dynamic Sen. John Edwards did better than expected, and after much protestation that that wasnít his goal, he took the VP candidate slot; Rep. Dennis Kucinich fought the good fight much longer than any other candidate, keeping alive a vision of true progressive values within the Democratic Party; Howard Dean rose like a rocket and was shot down by the media and a nervous electorate, but he hasnít stayed behind the scenes, coming out as a leader trying to bring the Democratic Party back to its roots.


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