Opinion: Council candidate will listen to all sides of the issues, says Potsdam resident
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 9:24 am

To the Editor:

My name is Debra McEwen and I am a resident of the Town of Potsdam. I am writing to endorse my close, personal friend, Judith Rich for reelection for the Potsdam Town Council.

I retired from the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services after working as a children’s services caseworker for 24 years. I mention this because I have dealt with many professional people. Many have been very caring and committed to their jobs. Some have not.

The job of town councilman is an important position. The person who is elected to do this job needs experience to navigate the many nuances of the various issues that arise. The person elected to this position needs dedication to the job and to the people of Potsdam. My friend Judy Rich has that dedication.

She has lived in Potsdam since 1970. She and her husband Eliot owned and operated the Bagelry for 17 years. They raised 2 daughters in Potsdam.

Her additional experience includes 31 years as an adjunct English professor at SUNY Potsdam and 15 years on the Potsdam School Board,

She has served on the Potsdam Town Council for 12 years.

In my dealings with Judy, I have seen her strive for excellence. When she taught, we discussed the extra time and effort she put in to help her students grow in to successful adults. She doesn’t brag about being a caring person but it shows in everything she does. She carefully listens to all sides of an issue, weighs the pros and cons and then decides what is the best course of action.

In the case of the Town of Potsdam, that means she strives to have the very best policies in place for the people who are her neighbors and friends and also the ones she doesn’t know yet. She is totally committed to see that Potsdam becomes the best place that it can be – for all the people who live here.

It is for these reasons that I heartily endorse Judith Rich for reelection of the Potsdam Town Council. I hope you agree and vote for her in the Democratic Primary on September 12, 2017 and in the election in November.

Thank you for your support.

Debra A. McEwen

Potsdam