SARATOGA SPRINGS — David Snyder, a lifelong Saratogian, former bartender, civil servant, mayoral staffer, and current substitute teacher in Saratoga Springs’ public schools, announced his candidacy Dec. 14 for mayor of Saratoga Springs.
Snyder was raised in Saratoga Springs and graduated from the University at Albany in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
He launches his campaign with the endorsement of Run for Something, a national grassroots organization that aims to “recruit and support young, diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build sustainable power for Democrats in all 50 states.” The organization itself launched in January 2017 and reports 525 Run for Something candidates are thus far on the ballot across the country in fall 2020.
Snyder had worked as executive assistant to current city Mayor Meg Kelly. He resigned his position last July, citing as reasons “City Hall’s shameful silence on the clashes between Back the Blue marchers and peaceful demonstrators in support of racial justice, and on the county Sheriff’s violent dispersal of the protestors against systemic racism.”
All five City Council member seats – four commissioners and one mayor - are up for vote in November 2021. Of these five seats, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan has announced she will not seek re-election.