PLATTSBURGH — Another candidate wants to enter the mayoral race in the City of Plattsburgh.
Chris Rosenquest, who grew up in Plattsburgh but has been living in Seattle the past six years, is returning to his hometown to run as an independent candidate.
“It’s time,” Rosenquest, 38, said. “This is a great opportunity. I went away, got a great education and gained some experience, and I want to make a difference.”
If he is successful in getting on the ballot, Rosenquest will likely face Democrat Mark Tiffer and independent James Calnon, two current councilors who are also working to get on the ballot to run.
Calnon, who is endorsed by the Republican Party, and Tiffer are in the process of obtaining the necessary signatures to secure a spot on the November ballot. They have until July 11 to file their petitions.
As an independent, Rosenquest must get 242 signatures from registered voters who have not signed someone else’s mayoral petition.
He has from July 9 to Aug. 20 to collect signatures.
“I have a team of volunteers that are going to help me, and we will get back there and start knocking on doors,” Rosenquest said as he was driving from the West Coast on Monday.
He has rented an apartment and will move here this week to start campaigning, while his wife, Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, stays behind in Seattle to tend to her work.
The only residency requirement to run for mayor is that a candidate must be living in the area for which they are running by Election Day, according to the Clinton County Board of Elections.
The child of an Air Force member, Rosenquest moved to Plattsburgh in third grade.
He attended school at Plattsburgh Air Force Base and in the city schools, graduating from Plattsburgh High School in 1993.