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June 14, 2013

Clinton County treasurer won't run

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Treasurer Joseph Giroux has decided he won’t seek re-election this year.

He was recently given the Republican Party endorsement to run for another term, and he accepted.

But after giving it further thought, he has decided to step aside when his term is up at the end of this year.

“I’ve been here seven years, and I did my best for the county, but it is time to move on,” Giroux said.

“We did some good things while I was here, and the county is in good fiscal shape.”

Giroux was elected treasurer in 2007 to fill the final two years of Janet Duprey’s term. Duprey, a Republican, left the Treasurer’s Office to run for a seat in the State Assembly, which she won and has held since.

Giroux, a longtime dairy farmer, was a county legislator from Area 3 in Beekmantown for 11 years before running for treasurer.

Republicans met Thursday night and selected Susan Polheumus to run in Giroux’s place.

Polhemus is a Town of Peru council member and has worked at Lake Champlain Transportation Company.

“We are very happy to have her as a candidate,” Republican Party Chairman Donald Lee said.

“She has a great background in finance and she is very sharp.”

Democrat Kimberly Davis, who ran against Giroux and lost in a close race in 2007 as Kimberly Kleist, is running for the Democrats.

Davis was most recently the branch manager of Glens Falls National Bank on Cornelia Street. She stepped down from her position in order to seek election.

“I have the financial background that is necessary to do the best job for Clinton County as its treasurer,” she said.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

In the district attorney’s race, Democrats endorsed incumbent Andrew Wylie to run for another four-year term.

The Republicans do not have a candidate to challenge him.

“If somebody comes forward, we will consider them, but we don’t have anybody right now,” Lee said.

Wylie was first elected in 2005.

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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