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June 4, 2013

City GOP candidates ready to roll

PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh Republican candidates will start their petition process today with a platform of controlling taxes while exploring opportunities for growth.

“There is an undercurrent of fiscal stability here, and we’ve been through some tough times, but I think there might be some easing in the future,” mayoral candidate James Calnon said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

“We need to realistically plan how we are going to invest in the coming years.”

Calnon, a councilor from Ward 4, heads the GOP ticket for the Plattsburgh City Common Council races. An independent, he was endorsed by the party last month to run for mayor.

Calnon has been on the council since 2007. As mayor pro tem, he serves as its budget officer.

He was joined Monday by the six council candidates and the two Clinton County Legislature candidates who represent areas in the city.

EXPERIENCE CITED

Ward 1 Republican candidate William Ferris said his business experience will help him as a councilor.

“I hope to bring that experience to the council,” he said.

Ferris will run against Democrat Rachelle Armstrong.

OPPORTUNITIES

In Ward 2, former Ward 1 Councilor Michael Drew will run for the Republicans. Drew, who also used to own Lake City Skate, a popular roller-skating venue, served on the council for six years from 2002 to 2008. He was mayor pro tem for five of those years.

He said Plattsburgh has a lot going for it, citing big fishing tournaments, the renovation of the Strand Theatre and recreation opportunities.

“We have a lot of opportunities for the future,” he said.

“There are challenges, but with those challenges come opportunities.”

Democrats have endorsed former Councilor Michael Kelly to run against Drew in Ward 2.

‘EXCITING TIME’

In Ward 3, Dale Dowdle will run for the Republicans against Democrat Justin Meyer.

Dowdle is retired from the New York State Department of Parole. He served on the Plattsburgh City School Board for 10 years.

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