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November 5, 2013

Saranac, E'town council races detailed


Previous government experience: Town supervisor of Saranac from 2000-2004.

Civic organizations: American Legion; president of Saranac Independent Cemetery Association.

Family: Wife, Joyce, deceased; son, Jamie Tedford of Saranac; daughter, Tammie Champagne of Plattsburgh.

What are the biggest issues facing your town, and how would you address them if elected?

“The same things that affect any small town — health insurance, making finances go as far as they can. Being financially responsible for every penny you spend.”

Candidates Ellen Lamora (D, WF) and Robert V. Brooks (R) did not respond to requests for information for this report.



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Party: Democrat.

Age: 71.

Education: St. Jean Baptiste High School graduate; Wood Secretarial College graduate; studied real estate at Clinton Community College.

Occupation: Part-time, Essex County Public Defender’s Office.

Previous government experience: Elizabethtown Planning Board, 2007 to 2012; Elizabethtown Town Council, 2012 to present.

Civic organizations: Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce treasurer.

Family: Widow; three adult children.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community, and how would you address them if elected?

Probably the biggest one is business development in town, which ties into our having a sewer (system). The town put out a survey a year ago, and what most people were concerned about, it seemed, was economic and business development. Some people wanted things like a laundromat and a car wash to return to town, but we can’t really have those things without a sewer system.

“So it was looking kind of bleak for awhile because we were losing all our businesses. Over the last few years, a lot of our little shops have closed, but I think things are on the upswing. I’m really optimistic because, for instance, right now we have two small businesses that will be opening shortly, so I think it we’ll get back to where we were before.

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