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September 8, 2013

Calnon alone on mayoral primary ballot

PLATTSBURGH — Tuesday’s Independence Party primary in the City of Plattsburgh mayor’s race will feature only one candidate on the ballot.

But two others are also vying for the win.

James Calnon is on the Independence Party line, and voters can choose him or write in any candidate they want.

Calnon, a councilor from Ward 4, also has the Republican Party endorsement.

In November, he will be facing Democrat Mark Tiffer, a councilor from Ward 2, and Chris Rosenquest, who is running on the independent Plattsburgh Renewal Party line.

Both Tiffer and Rosenquest are making write-in bids on Primary Day.

The Independence Party has 656 registered members in the City of Plattsburgh who can vote in the mayoral primary.

Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

JIM CALNON

Calnon said that, with his experience as mayor pro tem and budget officer of the council since 2007, he is the best choice as the Independence Party candidate.

“I have demonstrated my ability to manage the $52 million budget in difficult times, and I think I best represent the ideals of the Independence Party,” he said.

Calnon said he has been an independent voter for 30 years.

“I am not a member of a major party just looking for another line on the ballot.”

He said he has shown that he can practice fiscal responsibility, which is what the Independence Party stands for.

“In the six budgets before I joined the City Council, the tax rate went up a total of 93 percent. That’s more than 15 percent a year,” he said.

“In the six budgets I have been a part of, the taxes have gone up 5.4 percent. That’s under 1 percent a year.”

MARK TIFFER

Tiffer said the election should be about changing the way city government functions, not about electing one individual to a particular office.

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