Politics and Elections

November 5, 2013

Saranac, E'town council races detailed

Editor’s note: This article includes profiles for Saranac Town Council candidate Michele Patrashune and Elizabethtown Town Council candidate Richard ‘Rick’ F. Olcott that did not appear in Saturday’s Vote 2013 publication. Out of fairness, we are re-running the other candidates’ information for those races, as well.


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Party: Democrat / Working Families Party.

Age: 39.

Education: SUNY Plattsburgh.

Occupation: Substitute teacher.

Family: Wife, Kelly; son, Samuel; daughter, Ella.

What are the biggest issues facing your town, and how would you address them if elected?

“Budgetary concerns, trying to maximize what you can do. People don’t want taxes to go up and I don’t want them to go up. Trying to get high-speed internet and trying to bring a farmer’s market to town.” 

Also, he said, reducing the speed limit of a portion of Route 3.


Party: Republican; Independent, Team Saranac party.

Age: 43.

Education: Saranac Central School graduate; associate degree in business administration, Clinton Community College; bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration, SUNY Plattsburgh.

Occupation: Senior account clerk typist for the Clinton County Health Department; Saranac Fire District treasurer.

Previous government experience: Saranac Fire District secretary.

Civic organizations: Assumption of Mary Catholic Church member.

Family: Husband, Andy.

What are the biggest issues affecting your community and how would you address them if elected?

“Obviously, the biggest thing is the economic times we’re in. We really have to pull together and get a team effort and look at every decision, everything that comes before the board, to make the best decisions with the information that we have, being conscious of the economic environment we’re in.”


Party: Conservative.

Age: 71.

Education: A.A., Clinton Community College.

Occupation: Retired as a lieutenant from Clinton Correctional Facility.

Military: Three years in the Navy (1960-1963); discharged as radar man 3rd class.

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