Thursday, May 17, 2012

Oswego County Legislator to Announce Bid for 48th Senate District Seat

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.

Amy M. 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 political outcomes.

Mrs. Tresidder said she made the decision to run against state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, apart from any outside influence.

“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 district.

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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