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September 11, 2013

Primary Day ends with a few surprises


“By being in a primary, that gave me a chance to get out early and connect with people, and we will try to keep that going.”

McCleery could not be reached for comment.

Meyer will face Republican Dale Dowdle in the November election.


In the City of Plattsburgh mayor’s race, James Calnon, the only listed candidate on the Independence Party ballot, took 45 votes for the apparent win.

There were 27 write-in votes that will be counted on Wednesday.

There were 656 eligible voters in the mayor’s race for the Independence Party line.

Mark Tiffer, the Democratic candidate, and Chris Rosenquest, an independent candidate, were also seeking to win the Independence primary, but their names were not on the ballot.

They had to rely on write-in votes; it did not appear that enough came in to overcome Calnon’s lead.

“I spent a lot of this campaign talking about my qualifications in general and my positions are in line with a lot of the Independence Party positions, and I think people received that well,” said Calnon, the Ward 4 councilor who will be on the ballot as a Republican in November.

“But this is a small sampling, and we will have a full election in the fall, and I am encouraged.”


Tiffer, a councilor from Ward 2, said he was not too discouraged by the results.

“This was just an opportunity to gauge how my message was being received by a small portion of the electorate,” he said.

“I will make sure that in the rest of the campaign that I convey my message in a manner that the public understands, and in the end, I think they will receive it well.”

Rosenquest is running for the general election on the independent Plattsburgh Renewal Party. He recently moved back to Plattsburgh after spending the last 14 years in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

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