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Once a pharmacist, then a supervisor, now a would-be senator

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Once a pharmacist, then a supervisor, now a would-be senator

More than six years ago I walked away from a well-paying job as a supervising pharmacist and entered the world of public service. I was elected supervisor in the town of Ballston, becoming the town CEO and the town’s representative on Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.

Immediately I plunged in headlong — attending seminars and training sessions, immersing myself in the arcane language and decades-old rules and regulations.

While campaigning I walked door to door, meeting people of all ages, from all walks of life and learning what needed to be done when I took office. During my six years in office my personal phone (441-6548) was available all day, every day to serve my constituents.

As my time as supervisor came to a close, I realized that finding solutions, reaching agreement and solving problems was what I loved most about the job. Considering that my town was 2-to-1 Republican enrollment, winning the first time and [being] re-elected twice again was ample reward, and a sign that my community wanted change.

The most frustrating aspect of town government was the inability to have any impact on state rules and regulations, seeing that a small rural town was at the mercy of a legislative body that cared little for our needs, our problems, and our goals. It became apparent then that I needed to share what I’d learned with a bigger audience.

I announced my run for New York State Senate 49th District in February. Since then I have traveled to many events in the district and met many wonderful people. Businesses have welcomed me in and I am truly astounded at the variety and quality of what they produce.

I encourage you to follow me through our district, meeting the people that are the backbone of our community.

Patti Southworth

Ballston Lake

 

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