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June 14, 2013

Clinton County races tentatively set



The Area 6 race in Saranac will pit Democrat Patty Waldron against Republican John Bernardi.

Incumbent Robert Butler will also have held his seat for the 12-year limit when it expires at the end of the year.

Waldron is the owner of Koffee Kat, a downtown Plattsburgh coffeehouse. She also worked for 10 years as a dental assistant at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

Waldron, a native of Clayburg, said that working at the prison and in downtown Plattsburgh has given her a wide perspective of the county.

“I feel I have both the private enterprise and public-sector experience, and that gives me an advantage in representing this area,” she said.

“At the Koffee Kat, I hear all types of issues being discussed every day, and I think I am in a good position to bring the county forward and represent the rural areas, which are different that some of the other areas.”

Bernardi is executive director of United Way of the Adirondack Region.

“I have a strong desire to serve the county in this capacity as a legislator,” he said.

“I really want to be part of the leadership that continues to steer the county in the right direction for responsible growth and development as we move into the future.”


In Area 8, which includes the South End of the City of Plattsburgh and part of the Town of Plattsburgh, incumbent Republican Mark Dame will be challenged by Democrat Robert Dolan.

Dame is the owner of Dame Motorsports in Plattsburgh. He served on the city’s Common Council from 1990 to 1994. He was elected to the legislature in 2011 by defeating Democrat Sally Sears-Mack.

He said he wants to continue his work of looking out for the taxpayers of the county.

“I am just sinking my teeth into many issues of the county, and there is much left to do,” he said.

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