Mayor Gillen is only doing a write-in campaign. He’ll probably get around 200 votes, mostly from voters who aren’t pleased with either Ms. Tresidder or Billy Barlow. Write-in’s are now easier with the new ballots and write-in ballots have increased under the new system.
For some, neither Ms. Tresidder or Mr. Barlow are well known and that could bring them to vote for Gillen.
The distinct difference between Ms. Tresidder and Mr. Barlow is that Mr. Barlow has discussed the city’s problems and the solutions to those problems. Thus far, Ms. Tresidder has mentioned problems (not the significant problems though) and has offered nothing in the way of solutions.
When Ms. Tresidder ran for the 48th Senate seat, she failed to offer a platform that included solutions. She failed to win Oswego County by 2-1 and lost in her hometown. In the 48th District overall, this is the final count:
48th State Senate District
Northern St. Lawrence County including Ogdensburg, Canton, Gouverneur, Oswegatchie, Waddington, Lisbon, Madrid, Louisville, DeKalb, DePeyster, Hermon, Edwards, Fowler, Rossie, Macomb, Morristown and Hammond plus Jefferson and Oswego counties
60,758 Incumbent Republican Patty Ritchie, Heuvelton 25,821 Democrat Amy Tresidder, Oswego
Generally, when political parties select a candidate to run for office, they choose someone who can pull votes.
Mr. Gillen is the incumbent and Mr. Barlow is a member of the Common Council.
Ms. Tresidder is a county legislator who has missed about one half of the meetings she was required to attend in 2013 and 2014.