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Southworth eyed for next county clerk

Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth is under consideration to be the next Saratoga County clerk.

Her name was one of three submitted for consideration to Gov. Andrew Cuomo from Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Todd Kerner, according to Southworth. The position will be vacant in 2013, as current clerk Kathy Marchione was elected this fall to the state Senate seat currently held by Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga.

Kerner did not respond to an email request for the names on his list.

Marchione, R-Halfmoon, was elected to the post in 1997, and in her most recent re-election bid in 2011, she ran unopposed. It is now up to Cuomo to fill the vacancy.

Southworth used to be a Democrat, but she left the party after her husband mounted a failed bid to run the Saratoga County Democratic Committee. She is now a member of the Independence Party, of which she is the county chairwoman, but she got the Democratic nomination in 2011.

She said was fine with having her name considered and noted that she already has a good working relationship with the other supervisors in the county.

"I think I've shown I'm fiscally conservative in town," she said of her recent budgets. "I think I could make an impact in the county clerk's office."

If appointed, Southworth would likely face a tough election bid, as the Republicans have an enrollment advantage in the county.

This isn't the first time this year she has been considered for an uphill battle. When I jokingly asked if the clerk's office would be her jumping-off point to the state Senate, like Marchione, she noted that party elders had asked her about running in the 43rd Senate District this year.

Southworth declined because she supported McDonald, but more importantly because she doesn't live in the district.

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