The 2012 election races are now history, and attention is turning to a host of local contests that will be decided in 2013. The marquee race in Central New York will be the contest for mayor of Syracuse. YNN's Bill Carey said Republicans who haven't lost their job in more than a decade are voicing optimism that things could be different next year.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner has yet to say whether she will seek a second term. Her ascension to a co-chairmanship in the state Democratic party has raised continuing questions about her future plans.
However, several local Republicans are already mulling a potential challenger. Among them is Ryan McMahon, a former Syracuse Common Councilor.
"I think at this point, all city Republicans who are in elected office have an obligation to look at what's going on in our city, and at least consider what the dynamics of that type of race would look like," said McMahon.
Despite a strong Democratic turnout and showing in 2012, Republicans say the local contest in 2013 will be much different.
"You look at a city that's on the verge of falling off a fiscal cliff. What types of reforms are they doing in-house for healthcare costs? To get more contributions out of their employees. What are they doing as far as retiree healthcare costs? What are they doing as far as consolidation type issues?," asked McMahon.
McMahon also claimed that he is hearing concerns at neighborhood meetings over public safety issues.
He would not be alone in the race. Other names being mentioned as potential candidates include current appellate court judge and former common councilman Edward Carni, and Senator John DeFrancisco. However, coaxing DeFrancisco away from Albany would depend on who ends up controlling the Senate after last week's elections.
Republicans also believe Miner's ongoing battles with some within her own party could mean a potential primary battle that would weaken her re-election bid. There are months to go before the race takes shape, but early on there is optimism within the GOP.
"There's real issues that any candidate can talk about, you'll see a real race on real issues," added McMahon.