An Oswego County legislator is expected to formally announce her candidacy for the 48th Senate District seat Thursday at the Jefferson County Democratic Committee headquarters in Watertown.
Tresidder, D-Oswego, 56, who is serving a second term on the legislature since
she was first elected in 2009, said she plans to run a “grass-roots” campaign
“to truly represent the people,” many of whom the candidate described as being
fed up with politicians being lobbied to run by parties and money’s influence on
Mrs. Tresidder said she made the decision to run
against state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, apart from any outside
“We all know that we vote our elected officials in but with
the introduction of so much money into campaigns now, it makes it difficult to
have their voices heard,” she said. “My point right now with me is that I chose
to do this - I wasn’t chosen to do this by anyone else and I want to truly
represent the people.”
While she decided to remain tight-lipped about her
views on state issues until her formal announcements are made Thursday in
Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties, Mrs. Tresidder said jobs and high
unemployment rates are among the most important issues facing the
According to state Department of Labor unemployment statistics
issued in April, Mrs. Tresidder’s home county has the fourth highest rate of
unemployment in the state at 11.3 percent.
The mother of five grown
children, who left her position with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
of Oswego to focus her attention on the county legislature, is also apparently
fed up with state spending.
“My reputation as a legislator here is
someone who asks a lot of questions and I question all of our spending,” she
said. “I’m critical of wasting money.”
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