Politics and Elections

June 14, 2013

Clinton County races tentatively set

PLATTSBURGH — The match-ups for races to gain seats on the Clinton County Legislature have been tentatively set.

It appears there will be contests in four of the five areas that are up for election to four-year terms.

Only the even-numbered areas of the 10-seat legislature are up for vote this year. The odd-numbered areas will go before voters in 2015.

Democrats and Republicans met recently to endorse their candidates for areas 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

They also discussed the positions of county treasurer and district attorney, but those races are, so far, uncontested.


The Area 4 matchup in the Town of Plattsburgh will feature Democrat Colin Read going against Plattsburgh Town Council member Gerard Renadette.

Incumbent Sara Rowden cannot run again due to term limits.

Read is a professor of economics at Plattsburgh State and owner of Champlain Wine Company in downtown Plattsburgh. He has been writing a weekly column for the Press-Republican, but that has been suspended during his candidacy.

Read said he wants to sustain the future of the area for the next generation.

“I don’t want to see our region fall prey to the forces that undermine rural counties across the nation,” he said.

“We have an awful lot going for us in this county, and it is high time we capitalize on every possibility.”

Renadette has served on the Town Council for 17 of the past 18 years.

He said he is ready to make the leap from the town to the county.

“As I prepare to bid goodbye to the position which I held for 17 years, I realize that there is still much work to be done, but it needs to be done by our county legislators,” Renadette said via email.

“With my past experience on the Plattsburgh town board, and my ability to reach across the aisle to secure consensus, I believe that I am the best person to succeed our present Area 4 legislator.”

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