MALONE — Dr. Carl Sherwin says that, if elected, he will work for more government efficiencies, a stronger local economy and expansion of services.
He is seeking the Democratic nomination for District 4 of the Franklin County Legislature and faces Paul Hogan in a primary on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The winner will challenge incumbent Marc “Tim” Lashomb (R-Malone) in the November election.
Sherwin retired from his medical practice earlier this year and said the time is right to run.
“When somebody says they need help, I go, and that’s how I got talked into running for legislator,” he said with a laugh.
“I see a politician as a job that, if done right, takes a lot of time, offers little thanks, and the pay is lousy.
“But I grew up here, and it’s sad to see how the town has evolved in last 50 years, and if I can help, I’d be happy to,” he said.
“This is a place that has great potential. It’s a beautiful area, and there are lots of good people, and the trend it is taking can be reversed.”
Sherwin said Franklin County has the second-lowest per-capita income in the state behind the Bronx, and while it is encouraging to see projects like the Enbridge-St. Lawrence Gas natural-gas pipeline and new broadband services offered, each needs to be expanded so more households can take advantage.
“Other major assets are agriculture and tourism, and we need to do a better job at handling our projects and infrastructure for tourism.
“Local jobs need to be created.”
He’d also seek more open government.
“It amazes me that the county is a $100 million corporation whose purpose is to supply services to taxpayers at an efficient. But it’s difficult to get any information on what’s going on.