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September 7, 2013

Only 2 head-to-head contested City of Plattsburgh primary races


In the Ward 6 primary, Wemette, who is also running as a Republican, carries the advantage of being listed alone on the ballot for Primary Day.

Josh Kretser, who will be on the November ballot as a Democrat, hopes to win the Independence line as well on Tuesday.

Incumbent Democrat Chris Jackson will also be running as a write-in independent candidate. He changed his mind and decided to run after the Democrats had selected Kretser.

Kretser and Jackson are both urging Independence Party voters to write their names in on Primary Day.

There are 71 Independence Party voters in Ward 6.


Wemette, who works at Westelcom, said he wants to implement the business management model known as Lean Six Sigma.

“When implemented as a policy, Lean Six Sigma is proven to greatly reduce costs, improve productivity and the quality of services provided by city governments across the nation,” he said.


Kretser, who owns pod studio, a planning and design firm in Plattsburgh, said he would like to see more investment in the city’s Community Development Office.

“To be a success, the office needs dedicated political support and leadership. With that level of support, the office can bring in funds from other sources,” he said.

Kretser said the city also needs to address a lack of parking and national retail and lodging establishments downtown.

“Ward 6 needs a new, dynamic, forward-looking representative to forge links between the council and business,” he said.


Jackson said he will try to win the Independence Party primary.

“I will be contacting Independence Party voters personally, discussing my proven record of success and requesting that they write my name in on the ballot,” he said.

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