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October 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 5, 2013

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TO THE EDITOR: Signs of fall are starting to show up along the roadsides. I am, of course, speaking of the political signs.

Signs tell you what position a person is seeking, but there isn’t room to tell you their qualifications.

I am a candidate for the Clinton County treasurer. I was born and raised in Plattsburgh, a PHS graduate.

My parents, Arnold and Theresa Jensen, still live in Plattsburgh. Both my parents had 30-year careers, father in Municipal Lighting Department and mother taught at Plattsburgh’s Middle School.

I live in Peru with my husband of 24 years, Kirk, and have raised two children. I never thought of getting into politics until I worked for the Town of Peru and when my father-in-law, Paul “Doc” Polhemus, came to live with us. My father-in-law was an aide to Senator Stafford for the majority of Stafford’s political career. Watching Doc, I learned about trust and loyalty — qualities I have incorporated into my life and work ethics.

I bring to this position 30 years of accounting experience, obtained through working for banks, insurance company, private companies and municipality.

I am serving a four-year term on the Peru Town Council, elected in 2009. Before being a councilperson, I worked as the secretary to the supervisor. I performed accounting and budget functions for the town and assisted with town operations.

My experience with multi-million-dollar companies and knowledge on governmental accounting is what is needed for the treasurer’s position. 

I hope you see this election as a job interview.

I believe the most responsible choice is for the most qualified person. That person is me, and I ask for your vote this November.

Please visit my website www.susanpolhemus.com for more information.

SUSAN POLHEMUS

Peru

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