Mt. Vernon mayoral race heats up amid shortened election season

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Mount Vernon candidates are wasting no time in launching their campaigns to be mayor in this shortened election year.

So far, three have made it official for June’s primary.

On Monday, Councilwoman Delia Farquharson announced her candidacy online. Next week, Mayor Richard Thomas and City Council President Andre Wallace are having official kickoff parties.

Reginald Lafyette, the chairman of the city Democratic Party, believes this is race that everyone will be watching.

“It will garner a lot attention to those in Mount Vernon,” he says, as well as those who have been watching what has been going on at City Hall.

Mayor Thomas shocked the political establishment four years ago when he defeated incumbent Mayor Ernie Davis to become the youngest leader in the city's history. But this race could be different since Thomas is now under criminal indictment. He faces six felony charges related to spending campaign and inaugural account funds.

Thomas insists on his innocence. Lafayette says running amid legal issues is never easy.

“People will have to think whether they are going to vote for someone who may not be able to serve out their term,” says Lafyette.

Democratic Party leaders will pick their official mayoral candidate in 11 days.

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