Republicans won’t field a challenger to Democratic Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner in the general election, party officials announced Monday.
Republicans had secured a ballot line for the Nov. 5 election, but no candidate has come forward to run in in the heavily Democratic city.
“I don’t believe anybody wants the job because you need to make some hard choices. The decisions that are coming down the pike, facing the city of Syracuse, hard choices, hard decisions need to be made,” said county party chairman Tom Dadey, according to the Post-Standard of Syracuse.
Dadey said Republicans will focus on City Council races. The party does not hold any seats there.
Miner defeated City Councilor Pat Hogan and businessman Alfonso Davis in a Democratic primary last week. Hogan had been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate, but he said Monday that he was not interested.
Miner, 43, will face candidates running on the Conservative and Green Party lines as she seeks her second term.
She is co-chair of the state Democratic party and made headlines beyond this central New York city when she criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to help cities deal with ballooning public pension costs by allowing them to borrow money as a gimmick.
Cuomo administration officials responded by saying that if Miner couldn’t fix Syracuse’s problems, she could request a state control board to take over its finances.
Cuomo later declined to endorse his party co-chair in the Democratic primary.