By JOE LoTEMPLIO
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Independence Party primaries will be held in two races for the Clinton County Legislature.
Area 4 in the Town of Plattsburgh and Area 10 in the City of Plattsburgh will feature one listed candidate in each and write-in opportunities for any other candidate.
In Area 4, which covers the Town of Plattsburgh, Republican candidate Gerard Renadette is on the ballot for the Independence Party. Voters can either vote for Renadette or write in any other choice.
Colin Read is the Democratic candidate for Area 4 in the November race.
There are 410 registered Independence Party voters in Area 4.
Renadette, a Town of Plattsburgh Town Council member, said his 17 years in the position would make him a good legislator.
“This line is very important, and I am treating this just like the general election,” he said of Tuesday’s vote.
“I believe my experience with the town will help me as a legislator to deal with the state tax cap and balance that with the needs of the residents and give them the quality of life they have come to expect.”
Read, an economics professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, said Independence Party voters should choose their own candidates instead of party leaders from outside the area doing so.
“If they choose to write my name on the ballot on Tuesday, I will strive to help create new ways in which Clinton County can thrive so we can attract new residents, expand the tax base and lower taxes for all of us,” he said.
In Area 10, which covers Wards 4 and 5 of the city, Rick Perry is on the ballot for the Independence Party, which also includes a write-in opportunity.
He will be running as a Republican, and Robert Hall as a Democrat, in November.
There are 269 registered Independence Party voters in Area 10.
Perry retired as the City of Plattsburgh building inspector in 2012 after 24 years on the job. He spent much of the last decade promoting the city and the region with his work in bringing in national fishing tournaments to Lake Champlain.
He was also instrumental in incorporating the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base into city boundaries after it closed in 1995.
“I’ve been meeting with as many voters as possible and giving them my background and letting them know about my involvement in responsible promotion and development of the region,” he said.
Hall, owner of Bobby’s Lounge on South Catherine Street, served as a city councilor for eight years in the 1980s. He ran for mayor and lost in 1991 and again in 2004.
Campaigning for write-in votes on Tuesday, he said his experience in business and in government would make him a good legislator.
“I believe I will be the stronger voice in government. I fought hard for my constituents as a councilor, and I will again and do as much as I can for city residents,” Hall said.
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