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Expect to see more of Joanie Mahoney next year, as she seeks third term

Ellen Abbott

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says central New Yorkers should expect to hear more from her than usual next year, as she runs for a third term.

At this point, she hasn’t made any formal declarations about running. “I did not make any kind of official announcement, and I think I broke protocol, but I happened to be talking to a reporter who asked if I was running and I said I planned to," she told WRVO.

She does plan to make that formal announcement, she said.

Mahoney is a Republican, though her relationship with the party has been strained at times. She rankled some party leaders after her endorsement of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his two gubernatorial runs, among other things.

"I didn’t commit if I was elected to being a good steward of my party, I committed to being a good steward of everybody in this community," she said. "I have to represent the interests of everybody, and I take that responsibility seriously."

Mahoney says she is a Republican through and through, and her goal it is to limit government. 

Mahoney is only the third person to hold the office of Onondaga County Executive; last time running unopposed. She's finishing her second term.