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Politics and Elections

November 4, 2013

Candidates talk platforms

ESSEX COUNTY

County district attorney: Kristy Sprague (R-C), incumbent.

County coroner (unexpired term): Francis Whitelaw (R), incumbent.

 

CHESTERFIELD

Town Council (two seats): Clayton Barber (R-I); Richard Klages (D-I); Brian LaFountain (D-I).

 

CLAYTON BARBER

Party: Republican.

Age: 52.

Education: AuSable Valley High School, attained high-school equivalency. 

Occupation: Pepsi Cola salesman.

Civic organizations: Member, Keeseville Elks Club 2072.

Family: Wife, Kimberly; son, Clayton, daughter, Kennedy Joe.

What are the most pressing issues in your community and how would you address them?

“I want to serve the community I was born and raised in. I’m hoping to let people know what the town board is doing for them and making sure that their tax dollars are being spent wisely. I would like to get people more involved in decisions that affect Chesterfield and encourage them to attend the town meetings so that they know what is going on. One of my biggest concerns is the (dissolution of) the Village of Keeseville (which will partly be governed by the Town of Chesterfield in 2014). I hope to make sure everybody is treated fairly in the village and outside the village.”

 

RICHARD KLAGES

Party: Democrat.

Age: 68.

Education: Keeseville High School graduate; courses at Clinton Community College.

Occupation: Retired from Keeseville Elks Lodge.

Previous government experience: Incumbent, 20 years on Chesterfield Town Council.

Civic organizations: Keeseville Youth Program; Plattsburgh Moose Lodge 2390; Keeseville Masonic Lodge 149; Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072; New York State Fire Chief’s Association; New York State Fire Police Association; Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department, 41 years.

Family: Wife, Kathleen; five children, Andy, Kevin, Danny, Aaron and Yvonne.

“Jobs, and job creation — I would continue reaching out for new business in our industrial district. We’ve got so many people out of work right now and so many youth out of work that we have to find employment for them. We do have an industrial park here in the Town of Chesterfield, and it is shovel-ready. I would continue to keep working on it, finding new businesses to move in. We also have to take care of our youth and our senior citizens and keep taxes low enough that they won’t hurt our living conditions. I would also work to make sure the yearly budget supports the needs of the people. If re-elected, I would use the best of my knowledge and ability to work for the people of the Town of Chesterfield.”

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