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Democrats name candidates for town seats

— Ross is a 1992 graduate of Northern Adirondack Central School. He attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., before transferring to the State University of New York at Canton where he obtained a degree in mortuary science in 1994.

Michael Willette said he chose to run for a seat on the council after having been an active volunteer in the community and his church for the past eight years.

“I felt I needed to do more for our community,” he said of his reasons for running.

Michael Willette, a member of the Knights of Columbus, has held several titles within that organization including that of president of the northern conference and treasurer. Utilizing his background in finance, Michael Willette said he’d like to look into ways to decrease expenses for the town and find more ways to increase revenue.

One way, said Michael Willette, is to examine creating a permit system for use of all-terrain-vehicles on town roads similar as to what has been done in other areas like St. Lawrence County and the Tug Hill region.

“It’d be duplicating what’s been done and what works in other areas,” he said.

Michael Willette said he’d also like to reexamine the town’s contract for plowing county and state roads, to see if any additional revenue can be brought in from those levels of government.

“We have a nice revenue coming in and I don’t want anything to interrupt that, but only see if there’s any way to increase that without putting a burden on taxpayers,” said Michael Willette.

One of Michael Willette’s first orders of business, if elected, would be to establish the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance at each meeting, which he said is currently not done.

“I think it’s important to remember who we’re working for,” said Michael Willette.

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