Godspeed, Mr. Goodspeed

Outgoing supervisor excited about post-political future

— As the son of a multi-decade Johnsburg town supervisor, Sterling Goodspeed's proud of his accomplishments in office, though he said he's not going to be entering the political arena again, as long as his lady has anything to say about it.

“I owe my wife some serious time,” the outgoing Johnsburg town supervisor said. “She’s assured me that if I run again, it will be with my second wife.”

Along with more time with his family, he'll be enjoying rounds at the golf course, where he said his game never seems to improve. But most of all, he'll be turning his focus to his private practice in his Main Street office.

“The best part of being a lawyer is practicing in a small community where you know a lot of people,” said Goodspeed.

Practicing in a small town means operating within small means. Goodspeed noted that more than 20 percent of the rural population is below the poverty line, and it's difficult to build a practice that's both professionally and financially rewarding.

“If you're in it for the money, you’ve come to the wrong place,” he said.

Goodspeed thinks he made it work, though. The people he knew as a child and teenager are now coming to him, and he can give them meaningful advice and assistance. The continuity of being part of a community through a lifetime makes his work rewarding, he said.

Early life

Especially rewarding is being an important member of the community Goodspeed grew up in. He was born in Glens Falls Hospital in 1962, and his parents brought him home to North Creek. He can trace his local lineage to his grandfather's grandfather, Gideon, who fought in the Civil War and was eventually buried at the Union Cemetery.

He got to tap into some early regional history as a youth in what he called the best job ever — a colonial tour guide at Fort William Henry in Lake George. For three summers in a row he fired guns, loaded cannon and wowed visitors at the historic fort.

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