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July 2, 2013

Third candidate joins city's mayor race

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He graduated from Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh before moving away 14 years ago.

Rosenquest spent time in San Francisco and in Minneapolis, where he met his wife. He later earned his master’s of business administration from the University of Washington.

He is part owner of SeattleBurlap, a business that collects used coffee bags for reuse in gardening, farming and landscaping.

He is also the founder and owner of Bicycle Heroes, a business that supplies clothing and accessories for bikers who commute to work.

FISCAL STABILITY

Rosenquest said he has stayed connected to Plattsburgh through family and friends and sees the city as a place of great potential.

“I want to build a foundation of fiscal stability that will last for the next 10 to 20 years,” he said.

“It will take some work and some creative ways, but I think we can sustain a budget that is good for city workers and taxpayers.”

Rosenquest said a key will be to attract more people and businesses to the city.

“We need to focus our efforts to increase revenue for the city, which, in turn, leads to lowering taxes for homeowners and businesses,” he said.

“As the mayor, I will work with arts, entertainment and cultural groups to ensure the downtown area is fully available for events that attract tourism and visitors.”

COUNCIL EXPERIENCE

Tiffer, 29, has been on the council from Ward 2 since 2011.

In a statement released Monday, Tiffer’s camp said they will wait to see if Rosenquest actually gets on the ballot.

“If there comes a point in time when he (Rosenquest) does get on the ballot, Mark welcomes the opportunity to engage that individual, and he believes that after any discussion, the voters will decide that Mark Tiffer is the best candidate,” the statement said.

Calnon has been on the council since 2007 from Ward 4 and has served as mayor pro tem and budget officer since then.

“We have another candidate who is running, and he is talking about new and change, but without having been here the past 14 years, I am not sure he knows what the issues are,” Calnon said.

“The mayor’s chair is not a place for on-the-job training.”

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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