LETTERS: Spires: Why I’m a candidate for New York Assembly

To the editor:

I constantly hear the question, “why are you in politics?” Many politicians have morphed a once honorable profession of serving your fellow citizen into a corrupt power game. It’s not right. So when I volunteered to get involved in politics our campaign team decided to be different.

First, we wanted to meet with as many voters by knocking on doors, more than 3,500 so far. We then chose to be specific about where we stood on issues and not be equivocal so as to just win votes. Finally, we ran a clean race, not attacking the opposition but instead just letting people know about our campaign and their choice.

The vision for the 121st Assembly District over the next 10 years is to see a growth in population for Madison, Otsego, and Oneida counties. To meet this goal, we need to promote the region as a great place to raise a family. We should thoughtfully maintain quality government services while trimming overhead and ending wasteful practices.

This won’t be easy, but it must be done. Our population is aging as young people continue to leave to find work. Companies shutdown because New York is one of the worst states for business. Even our milk production has decreased over the past 20 years, while the rest of the country increased.

Things don’t have to be this way. We shouldn’t have to tolerate the slow economic decline of our region. New York state needs someone to lead comprehensive reform:

—Reduce Spending

—Cut Taxes

—End Unfunded Mandates

—Simplify Regulations

However, representing voters is more than major legislative agendas. You should know you have someone in Albany that understands the local issues and your specific concerns.

When in office our team plans on expanding current constituent services by: Conducting public forums in every city and town; having office hours in a village near your home; sending press releases on why each vote was cast; using the Internet daily to share the happenings in New York state government; attending local government meetings; publishing notes and videos of major meetings; and continuing to walk the streets and knock on doors.

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