Potsdam woman declares write-in candidacy for village trustee spot
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 5:35 pm

POTSDAM -- In its non-partisan series, Conversations with Candidates, North Country Matters, usually focus on contested races of local interest. The two races that meet that criteria this election season are the Town of Canton Supervisors race and county District Attorney’s race.

Maggie McKennaBut in some elections, there are not enough candidates on the ballot to fill the available seats. This lack of local candidates has been a problem in many places. In 2016, there were at least ten local elections in St. Lawrence County where there were no official candidates. When that happens, a write-in can win a seat with only a handful of votes.

Such is the case in the Village of Potsdam this year, where the Democratic and Republican caucuses were unable to fill all the slots for Village trustee. If a slot is left unfilled by election, it can be left open or be filled by appointment by the mayor and sitting village board.

Maggie McKenna, a village resident, has declared her willingness to be a write-in candidate to fill that open seat. She sat down with North Country Matters to discuss her background and her interest in and willingness to serve. That YouTube video is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uNL_I1kqzc.

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