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Rifenbary won't be Republican mayoral candidate

The Republican mayoral candidate in Saratoga Springs won't be Jay Rifenbary.

"I will not be interviewing for the mayoral endorsement [of the city's Republican Committee] for this coming election cycle," he said in an email this afternoon.

A former member of the Saratoga Springs City School District Board of Education, Rifenbary's name was floated as a contender when Mayor Scott Johnson, a Republican, decided not to run again.

He has been a familiar face at city meetings, including last week when the new board member for the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority was named.

"However, I am hopeful to have the opportunity to serve the community of Saratoga Springs, or another level of service to our citizenry in the future," Rifenbary wrote.

What that means isn't clear yet, but the city's Assembly seat could be up for grabs early next year. If Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, wins his district attorney race, the seat would likely be up for grabs in a special election during the spring of 2014. "There has been no discussion in regard to that issue," Rifenbary said.

His confirmed non-interest in the race makes this a wide open field, unless Republican Matt Veitch gets involved. He is one of the city's representatives on the County Board of Supervisors and has the highest profile among Republicans, aside from outgoing Mayor Scott Johnson.

The Democratic candidate for mayor is Joanne Yepsen, who announced her intentions on Monday.

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