Monday, August 6, 2012

Tresidder scores victory over Ritchie

The Central Trades and Labor Council didn't endorse a candidate last night in the race between state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, and Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder.

Ron McDougall, the president of the conglomeration of 24,000 AFL-CIO workers in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, said that neither candidate reached the two-thirds threshold required for an endorsement.

Mr. McDougall said the meeting was a lengthy one, lasting from 6 p.m. until past 10. The new pension tier, which Mrs. Ritchie voted in favor of, and a hike in the minimum wage, which she does not support, were among the topics of discussion, he said.

Mrs. Tresidder said that she favors increasing the minimum wage.

(It should be noted usually the endorsement goes to the republican.  With a no endorsement clearly is a victory for the democratic candidate.)

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