Noble fends off foes to win second term as Kingston mayor

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble. (Photo by Phyllis McCabe)

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble won a second four-year term in office Tuesday, beating out two challengers in what he described as an affirmation that Kingston was on the right track and behind his progressive agenda.

Fellow members of Noble’s Democratic “One Kingston” ticket also prevailed in three contested Common Council races while Democrats took another six council seats and the post of alderman-at-large in unopposed races.

According to unofficial results, Noble achieved an outright majority of 3,535 votes in the three-way contest. Vince Rua, running on the new Serve America Movement party line, came in second with 2,017 votes. Republican and Independence Party candidate Ellen DiFalco got 650 votes.

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“We clearly were able to show that Kingston is moving in the right direction,” said Noble.

In Ward 1, incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Ventura Morrell beat out Republican and Independence Party candidate Ursula Inghem by a margin of 554 to 249 for a second two-year term. In Ward 3, incumbent and Common Council Majority Leader Rennie Scott-Childress fended off a challenge from Joe DiFalco 597-248. In Ward 5, Don Tallerman took 374 votes on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, beating out Republican and Independence Party candidate Madeline Hoetger’s 184 votes. Tallerman will replace incumbent Democrat Bill Carey, who did not seek a fourth term in office.

Incumbents Douglas Koop (Ward 2), Rita Worthington (Ward 4) Anthony Davis (Ward 6), Patrick O’Reilly (Ward 7), Steve Schabot (Ward 8) and newcomer Michelle Hirsch (Ward 9) all took their seats unopposed. All are Democrats except O’Reilly, who is not enrolled in a political party. Also running unopposed was Andrea Shaut. Shaut, who currently serves as Ward 9 alderwoman, will become the first woman to occupy the post of alderman-at-large. She will replace longtime incumbent James Noble, who did not seek re-election.

Jesse J. Smith

There are 6 comments

  1. Tracy

    Congratulations! Noble and his partners on both sides of the aisle, under Noble’s leadership, are moving Kingston forward in the positive ways we haven’t seen in decades. We are growing. We are improving. We are featured in the media across the nation weekly as we turn the corner from a former dying industrial city to a
    growing destination. Keep up the good work and let’s keep growing Kingston together – it benefits us all.

    1. I live here

      How many registered voters do you think we have in Kingston?
      We had about 50% turnout if that gives you a clue, and 50% turnout on a non-presidential year is actually pretty good. So no. 75% did not say no. LOL.

  2. Bill Berardi

    It certainly helped Noble that the Freeman screened articles with his approval that may have criticized him and the KT delayed publishing the Letter about Noble’s magic show for the Kingstonian and the DA commentary on no neighborhood cooperation influenced by Noble’s touting do not cooperate with ICE officials on City web page.

  3. Common Sense

    Ilh. Do the math..

    And while your doing that math please examine the city contract and do the math on how much sick time noble was legally entitled to when he went from employee to mayor.

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