SL man hopes to bring fresh ideas to GOP with committee run

A health care professional from Saranac Lake plans to run for Franklin County's Republican State Committeeman post.

Ray Scollin says he's running for the committeeman seat currently held by Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun in order to inject "new energy" and "new ideas" into the county's GOP establishment.

By state party rules, the 114th Assembly District is represented by four committeemen and women - two from Franklin County and two from Clinton County.

Scollin says the Republican Party "desperately needs to regain its voice" in New York.

In a recent interview with WNBZ, Scollin said there is a mounting frustration among Republicans and Democrats with their party leadership. He points to the rise of the tea party as a sign that the status quo is longer acceptable.

For Scollin, it's time to get off the sidelines and try to affect change from within the GOP establishment in northern New York.

"You know, I've been trying to make changes within the system - it hasn't been successful," he said. "I think one way that I could affect some positive change is to have more of an inside seat and try and get my party - which I care very deeply about - to start paying more attention to the registered voters in Franklin County, the registered Republican voters in Franklin County."

As a committeeman, Scollin would represent Republicans from Franklin County at state committee meetings in Albany.

The committeeman seat also guarantees a spot on the county's executive committee.

"There's not a lot of Republican county committee meetings," Scollin said. "What there are, are a lot of executive committee meetings - that's the majority of the meetings during the year. If I want to try and force a debate to the table, if I want to raise an issue, if I want to try and get information to the leadership within the Franklin County Republican Party, from what I'm hearing from the constituents, I can do that for a change. I have a seat at this table; that's clearly why I'm running for this position."

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