Scollin says the GOP needs to make significant changes in the way it endorses and supports candidates in North Country elections.
For starters, he says the Republican leadership needs to do a better job of listening to voters on the local level.
"I think a lot of times, information comes around from Ed Cox and the state committee down to the county chairs, who then pass it on to the rest of the Republicans," Scollin said. "And I'm looking to reverse that. I want to make sure there is good, solid communication that's going up the chain, that we're listening to the people out in St. Regis Falls, Vermontville, and all the areas of this county and saying, 'what do you think?' Let's know going into the primary, and let's certainly remain neutral and let the people vote."
Scollin lives in Saranac Lake with his wife Mary and has been a member of the Saranac Lake Village Republican Committee for 24 years. He's also served as a committeeperson with GOP organizations in Franklin County and Harrietstown for some 15 years.
In order to get on the ballot for a Sept. 13 primary, Scollin must obtain at least 500 signatures by July 14; he says he's confident the region's GOP will give him the support he needs.