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March 8, 2014

Three seek Port Henry trustee seats

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She said that as a newcomer to the board she’d serve without any preconceptions.

“I will sit and listen. I’m not going to go barreling in with a particular idea.”

RUTH McDONOUGH

McDonough said she always tries to do what’s in the best interest of the community.

“There are positive things going on. It’s small steps. That’s all you can hope for.”

She said a dentist is likely moving into the Cooke Building, and other businesses are looking at the village downtown.

“That’s exciting. Isn’t that wonderful?”

She said she believes in open government and always encourages people to attend Village Board meetings.

“We encourage people to come. I’m also encouraging people to get out and vote. Vote your opinion.”

THOMAS McDONALD

“I’m semi-retired now. I want to do more community service. I did 13 years originally in village government.”

He said Port Henry’s downtown needs revitalization, and he would work toward that.

“I’d like to see more businesses in the village. I’d like to see ice fishing coming back. You used to see ice shanties up and down the lake. Now there are only a few.”

McDonald said he’s not in favor of dissolving the village.

“I’m for keeping the village as such. I think the village runs pretty well.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

MEET THE CANDIDATES

SANDRA LOVELL

Party: Citizens Party.

Age: 87.

Education: University of Texas.

Occupation: Retired opera singer; editor-publisher of Port Henry Fact Finder newsletter.

Civic organizations: pH7 community group.

Family: Four grown children: Tom, Amanda, Chris and Patty.

RUTH McDONOUGH

Party: Citizens Party.

Age: 82.

Education: Port Henry High School graduate.

Occupation: Retired Essex County personnel officer.

Government experience: County government service for 36 years; and village mayor, 2003 to 2007.

Civic organizations: Moriah Town Historical Society, Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Family: Two grown children: Deborah and John.

THOMAS McDONALD

Party: Taxpayers Party.

Age: 77.

Education: Port Henry High School; Cortland State College.

Occupation: Semi-retired; construction inspector.

Previous government experience: Former trustee, Port Henry Village Board, 13 years; former Moriah town assessor.

Civic organizations: Port Henry Fire Department, Mineville Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Military service: U.S. Army, two years.

Family: Wife, Carol; five children: Karen, Holly, Charles, Mark, Thomas Jr.

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