Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder says she has always been interested in politics.
"It has to be one of the most honorable things that you can do and it's such a privilege to be able to serve other people," said Tresidder.
That's why after decades as a homemake, and mother of five, Tresidder became an Oswego County legislator. She's now serving her second term, an experience that has left her wanting more.
Tresidder said, "People just want to have faith in their government and I want to try to restore some of that. I believe in integrity."
Thursday afternoon, Tresidder announced her candidacy for the 48th District State Senate seat with stops in Canton, Watertown and Oswego, challenging incumbent Patty Ritchie. She says while the area faces a number of issues, job creation would be her first priority if elected.
"I would like to see this area be a place where people want to stay, where people enjoy their lives, where people can enjoy the work they do and come home and be able to provide for their families and still enjoy themselves. I think that's the definitely of success," said Tresidder.
Issues aside, Tresidder says voters should always be able to trust their elected officials.
"As a candidate, I know I won't make any promises I can't keep. There's no point in that. It invalidates a lot of what you stand for if you can't measure up the standards you've set for yourself," said Tresidder.
Standards Tresidder hopes will propel her to Albany to bridge what she sees as a growing gap between residents and their representatives.
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