I have been fortunate to live in what I believe is the only city in NYS with non-partisan municipal elections.....My friends Don Coon and Sean Hennesey likely don't think so, as their world is defined by party label...
For Sean, a victory as he now has an additional Democratic mayor...This one in West Carthage as the change of registration filed by Scott Burto became official. I don't know if it makes him a different person than the one I knew prior to his change, but he will be viewed differently by the partisans. For the GOP tired of his dalliances with DeDe and Brian McGraths candidacy, its likely good riddance. Mayor Burto has regularly challenged his party's orthodoxy and has questioned its local institutions like the IDA.
Now with a mere check mark on a form, Scott is in a different paradigm. No more county jobs, but this opens up new horizons with the new administration.
In my life I have been registered as a Republican (when a Nixon fan at age 18) to being a Democrat in the 80s (and a delegate to the 1992 DNC), to third party politics as a member of the Independence Party in 1995. Been there ever since and did not follow Scott and others who changed parties.
I consider the labels largely meaningless, but for others it is the measure of who you are. I think Scott is an independent thinker and I hope the orthodoxy of his new party doesn't change that.
Watertown Daily Times West Carthage mayor officially joins Dems