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Democratic supervisor candidate withdraws

John Ellis, an Independence Party member, who was backed by the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee for a spot on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, has withdrawn his candidacy.

"I am proud to have been endorsed by the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee and I am confident in our slate's success in November," he said in a news release.

"However, after careful consideration, become a supervisor and a full-time politician would limit my ability to fight for working families and public employees," Ellis said. "As a CSEA officer my commitment to preserve the services that our members provide to the public cannot be limited during these difficult times."

The other Democratic candidate is Peter Martin. The Republicans are running incumbent supervisor Matt Veitch and former-City Finance Commissioner Ken Ivins.

Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Chairman Charles Brown said the committee has not backed a replacement candidate. He added that it's "pretty late" in the endorsement process, "But we will state the conversations back up."

Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Todd Kerner said in a statement he "would welcome [Ellis] to run for office in the future."

During a phone interview, Kerner said Ellis announced the decision during a county committee meeting on Thursday night. The decision was not a surprise to Kerner, who has known Ellis before this election season and had conversations with him the last few days about the race.

At the committee meeting, the committee endorsed Conservative Party candidate Phil Lindsey for sheriff.

"He came across as someone who is honest and has a background in law enforcement," Kerner said of Lindsey, noting that this post doesn't require a candidate whose political views are completely matched with the Democratic Party.

"[Lindsey] wasn't from the established Republican hierarchy that runs this county government," he added.

The Democratic Committee didn't endorse candidates for district attorney or county clerk, with no possible candidates formally interviewed for either position.

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