Party: Republican, Conservative.
Education: Graduate, Beekmantown Central; graduate, Canton ATC in electrical construction and maintenance.
Occupation: Retired 28 years, New York State Department of Corrections.
Previous government experience: 17 years, Plattsburgh Town Council.
Civic organizations: Active member, Roman Catholic Community of St. Alexander's and St. Joseph's.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing the county right now, and what will you do about it?
"The area's brain drain and our community growth and improvement. With two universities in our community, we need to take a look at ways to keep those graduates and our youths in the area and not flee.
"I believe the way to do this is to encourage growth, both recreationally and economically, to enhance the quality of life for these young educated adults. This includes growing outdoor recreational experiences, the arts and culture corridor and sprucing up our downtown area.
"The combination of improved quality of life activities as well as a trained and available work force will attract the business which will spur an economic boom."
Party: Democratic, Independence, Working Families.
Education: Ph.D. in economics; juris doctorate, law; master's in business administration.
Civic organizations: Past president, Plattsburgh Rotary; co-founder, Vision2Action and First Weekends; creator of Vision2040; president, Plattsburgh Downtown Association; director on numerous corporate and non-profit boards of directors.
What do you think the most pressing issue for the county is right now, and what would you do about it?
"As the population for Clinton County is projected to decline, we face a number of critical issues to preserve and improve our quality of life in the North Country.
"One of our most important challenges will be to attract or retain 3,000 households by 2040 in order to stem the resulting increase in taxes that would arise from a shrinking tax base.