Politics and Elections

October 10, 2013

Candidates share views, ideas at forum


He would like to see more food and wine festivals in the city, he said, noting that Burlington brings a great deal of revenue in through those kinds of events.


The Republican and Independence Party candidate James Calnon, a Ward 4 councilor, said his focus is to attract businesses to Plattsburgh.

“We need to look at both jobs and employees as baby steps,” he said.

Calnon said he serves from the political middle.

“The first job of our government is to provide essential services at an affordable price,” he said. “Job 2 is to invest it wisely as we move out of this awful recession.”


County Legislature and county treasurer hopefuls introduced themselves to the crowd that filled American Legion Post 20 in Plattsburgh.

Providing a brief synopsis of their views, with some also answering questions, were legislature candidates Jonathan Beach, Gerard Renadette, Colin Read, Patty Waldron, John Bernardi, Mark Dame, Robert Dolan and Robert Hall. Rick Perry was represented through a statement read by his daughter, Aimee Arts.

Waldron and Bernardi also brought up the importance of regional partnerships.

“Without healthy towns, we cannot have a healthy county,” Waldron said. “I’m going to be representing a really rural area, but it’s home.”

Bernardi said it’s important for this rural area to looks at issues from a regional perspective.

Treasurer candidates Kimberly Davis and Susan Polhemus talked about their experience with financial matters.


Candidates for Plattsburgh City Common Council were invited to the event, as well. Those who attended were introduced but did not address the crowd: Maureen Carlo, William Ferris, Dale Dowdle, Peter Ensel, Paul O’Connell, Rebecca Kasper, Bruce Lawson, Justin Meyer, Josh Kretser, Rachelle Armstrong and Chris Jackson.

Plattsburgh Town Council candidates Tom Metz and Bill Brudvig showed up, as well, as did congressional candidate Elise Stefanik, who plans to oppose Rep. Bill Owens in 2014. 

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