Politics and Elections

June 21, 2013

County Republicans tout candidates

PLATTSBURGH — Republican candidates for Clinton County Legislature are touting a bank of business and community service.

“We have a great mix of experience in our candidates that I think will greatly benefit the county,” Party Chairman Donald Lee said.

The Republican candidates for Areas 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 on the legislature, as well as county-treasurer candidate Susan Polhemus, were introduced at a news conference outside the Government Center Thursday morning.

Legislature candidates are: incumbent Jonathan Beach running for re-election in Area 2 in the Altona, Ellenburg area; Gerard Renadette for Area 4 in the Town of Plattsburgh; John Bernardi for Area 6 in Saranac; incumbent Mark Dame for Area 8 in the City and Town of Plattsburgh; and Rick Perry for Area 10 in the City of Plattsburgh.


Incumbent Republican Treasurer Joseph Giroux is not seeking re-election.

Polhemus is slated to run for the post against Democrat Kim Davis.

Polhemus is a member of the Peru Town Council and served as secretary to the supervisor in Peru from 2003 to 2006. She has also worked at Lake Champlain Transportation Co.

She graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester in 1982 with a degree in business and accounting and said that every job she has ever held involved accounting.

“I am very confident I can handle the duties of the treasurer,” she said. “With my town experience in municipal accounting, I understand it completely.”

Davis lost a close race for treasurer against Giroux in 2007 when she ran as Kim Kliest.

She recently left her position as branch manager of Glens Falls National Bank on Cornelia Street to run for the post.


In Area 2, Beach said he has learned much from his first two years in office.

“We’ve seen tremendous movement in the area where I grew up and love,” he said.

Beach is so far running unopposed.

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