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Newly elected Albany Common Council member "moving forward" from checkered past

Updated: 11/06/2013 10:33 AM
Created: 11/06/2013 9:53 AM WNYT.com
By: Jessica Riley

ALBANY - There were a lot of curious glances at the tote board last night in Albany's 5th Ward.

Mark Robinson was the only candidate on the ballot after winning a close primary, but there were still doubters.

Robinson once ran a notorious marijuana selling ring and spent 6 years in prison. 

A write-in campaign was launched by Sam Coleman who also did 6 months in a shock incarceration camp on drug charges.

But Robinson appears to be the winner, assuming there aren't a multitude of paper ballots still out there.

Robinson says he has reformed and now concentrates on turning around the community he'll represent on the city council: west hill.

"My community, they showed, and I love you all, I could not do it without you. You came out at the eleventh hour and you spoke your voice. Mark Robinson is your choice, I love you, and would not let you down,” says Robinson

Robinson declined to talk about his past Tuesday night saying his life now is all about moving forward.

Mark Robinson is elected to Albany Common Council in the 5th Ward
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