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August 29, 2013

Sherwin seeks party nomination

MALONE — Dr. Carl Sherwin says that, if elected, he will work for more government efficiencies, a stronger local economy and expansion of services.

He is seeking the Democratic nomination for District 4 of the Franklin County Legislature and faces Paul Hogan in a primary on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The winner will challenge incumbent Marc “Tim” Lashomb (R-Malone) in the November election.

‘GREAT POTENTIAL’

Sherwin retired from his medical practice earlier this year and said the time is right to run.

“When somebody says they need help, I go, and that’s how I got talked into running for legislator,” he said with a laugh.

“I see a politician as a job that, if done right, takes a lot of time, offers little thanks, and the pay is lousy.

“But I grew up here, and it’s sad to see how the town has evolved in last 50 years, and if I can help, I’d be happy to,” he said.

“This is a place that has great potential. It’s a beautiful area, and there are lots of good people, and the trend it is taking can be reversed.”

AREA ASSETS

Sherwin said Franklin County has the second-lowest per-capita income in the state behind the Bronx, and while it is encouraging to see projects like the Enbridge-St. Lawrence Gas natural-gas pipeline and new broadband services offered, each needs to be expanded so more households can take advantage.

“Other major assets are agriculture and tourism, and we need to do a better job at handling our projects and infrastructure for tourism.

“Local jobs need to be created.”

OPEN GOVERNANCE

He’d also seek more open government.

“It amazes me that the county is a $100 million corporation whose purpose is to supply services to taxpayers at an efficient. But it’s difficult to get any information on what’s going on.

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