Saturday, June 23, 2012

Oswego legislator looks to bring local perspective to state Senate seat

Although Senate elections are months away, campaigning is in full swing for Oswego County Legislator Amy Tressider, a Democrat, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Patty Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, for the 48th District.

Tressider currently represents the 16th District in the Oswego County Legislature, which includes portions of the city of Oswego. She said it is important to her to provide voters with legitimate choices and representation of their concerns.

“I feel strongly that our government in general should represent the concerns of the general public,” said Tressider. “I am one of those people that if I don’t agree with something, it’s up to me to do something about it.”

The two-term county legislator said state government has not changed and has become more focused on partisan attacks and special interests and not what the people are concerned about or how they want the state to function. Tressider said challengers for political office want to change what the incumbent has done and how they do it for the wrong reasons. She stated that there are a lot of back-and-forth battles at the state level that have to stop in the interests of the people.

“My goal is to work in the best interests of the people and to be more mindful of the facts and the reason for proposals. Critical thinking is lacking,” said Tressider of how she would do things differently.

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