September 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 5, 2013


---- — Treasurer candidate

TO THE EDITOR: I am running for Clinton County treasurer.

I recently resigned from my position as a branch manager from a local, community bank to run for this position. This shows how committed I am to winning this election and becoming your next treasurer. My background in banking, finance and real estate make me the best choice.

There is a primary on Sept. 10 for the Independence line. When I visit with Independence voters, they are surprised that there is a primary, as primaries are usually reserved for Republicans and Democrats.

When I explain to them that there isn’t an active Independence Party in Clinton County and the endorsement of candidates for this line overwhelmingly goes to the Republican candidate, without their voice, they are more than surprised.

Most Independence voters registered as such because they care about the issues, not party affiliation. That is why I, along with many others, have forced a primary, so that Independence voters do have a choice.

I ask that if you are a registered Independence Party voter, please go out noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 10 and write my name in under county treasurer. There will already be a name in the box, but if you would like a voice in the selection, and you believe that I am the best choice, please write my name in the “write-in” box. This will allow me to be your candidate on the ballot in November.

For more information about my qualifications and candidacy, please go to:

Thank you for your consideration.




Independent thinking

TO THE EDITOR: Our nation shook off the shackles of monarchy because we prize independence.

Freedom asks something from each one of us, though. We must decide our own fate, not to simply do as we are dictated.

While we often tolerate being governed by large political parties that decide what’s best for us, we believe we can at least exercise choice at the ballot box.

I recently discovered the ballot box is not always democratic, though. Like you, I try to be an independent and thoughtful person.

In fact, many of you are registered Independence Party voters precisely because you too prize independent thought. You select candidates based on the issues, not on the party.

You want more thoughtful discussion than we often get from our two-party system. Indeed, the noble Independence Party expressly vows a commitment to democracy and choice in elections.

I was surprised to discover that the Independence Party has recently become a puppet of a major political party.

The only way you can exercise your individual choice as an Independence Party voter is to show up on Primary Day, Tuesday, Sept. 10, and manually pencil in the candidate you choose, not the candidate outsiders chose for you. It’s time to take back the Independence Party.

I seek your Independence Party write-in endorsement on primary day for Clinton County Legislature Area 4. I share your belief that we must figure out how to forge a future for our children that is at least as bright and affordable as our past.

Simplistic solutions to complex problems rarely work. Let’s roll up our sleeves and make this county great.




Insightful ideas

TO THE EDITOR: Rachelle Armstrong means business.

I had the pleasure of working with Rachelle Armstrong in the board room of the North Country Food Co-op. I’ve seen firsthand that she’s a real team player.

Enthusiastic to find solutions that work, Rachelle is someone who cares about getting the job done right.

I had been on Co-op Board of Directors for several years when Rachelle was elected; I was immediately impressed by her eagerness to get up to speed as a new director.

Rachelle shares insightful ideas while genuinely hearing and considering the opinions of others. An effective communicator, Rachelle is as approachable as she is professional; she’s as practical as she is ambitious.

Rachelle knows how to set priorities. She can refine details of a proposal while never losing sight of the bigger picture — skillfully linking even the most pressing matters with long-term goals.

As Ward 1 councilor, Rachelle will hold regular meetings with her constituents. She will lead by also listening to us, helping to make sure our voices are actually heard.

Rachelle Armstrong has the experience and passion to help ensure a bright future for the City of Plattsburgh. I am confident she will work hard to represent Ward 1.

Please join me in voting for Rachelle Armstrong in the Ward 1 Democratic Primary noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Pine Harbour, 15 New Hampshire St., just off Route 9.




Enthusiasm, vision

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to endorse the candidacy of Kimberly Davis for Clinton County treasurer.

Kimberly’s background as a bank manager, her investment license and being a certified assessor give her the perfect qualifications to be our treasurer.

I met Kimberly as a member of the Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club and have seen her hard work for the club.

Kimberly has chaired or co-chaired our major fundraiser for the past several years. She is the division coordinator for Kiwanis’ worldwide service project, working with other clubs throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Kimberly is also our incoming president, serving our club a second time in this position.

I look forward to the vision she has for our club. Her

energy and enthusiasm for working on so many projects for our club is commendable.

I have seen how hard Kimberly has worked during this campaign, and I know she will do so as our treasurer. If you are registered as an Independence voter, please write in her name for county treasurer at the Sept. 10 primary, and please vote for her in November, as she will be a great asset to our county.




Excellent programs

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Town of Plattsburgh for its excellent recreation programs.

I am amazed by the depth and breadth of opportunities that are available for ages youth through seniors.

All of this is accomplished with the dedication, hard work and commitment of this wonderful department. Thanks to all who help keep the fields up, do prep and maintenance and supply all the other things necessary to run such high-caliber programs.

A special thanks to Melanie Defayette and Erin Pangborn, who are so enthusiastic, patient and supportive of those who participate in these activities. Your willingness to stay way beyond your working hours to run and supervise these events speaks highly of your character and commitment to what you do. The town is lucky to have two such dedicated and professional representatives, and I feel fortunate to live in such a wonderful community. Thanks again.