Meet the 3 candidates for Plattsburgh mayor - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Meet the 3 candidates for Plattsburgh mayor

Posted: Updated:
Jim Calnon Jim Calnon
Mark Tiffer Mark Tiffer
Chris Rosenquest Chris Rosenquest
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

A lot of attention is focused on the run for Plattsburgh's new mayor.

"I had anticipated it would be a fairly boring race," said Tom Konda, a political science professor at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Konda says this year stands out from elections in the past.

"An incumbent verses a challenger is usually the dullest type of race. Two challengers is usually more exciting. You got a third person coming in, especially someone who seems to be a wild card, that usually is more interesting," Konda explained.

Republican candidate Jim Calnon has been on the City Council since 2007, and decided this year, the city of Plattsburgh is ready for a mayor like him to enter office. That's the message of his campaign-- go with experience-- as he pushes for financial stability in the city.

"There are things that have happened in our past that have been delightful and lovely, and I wish we could still have them, but we can't afford them. And we have to really keep that as our first thought," Calnon said.

Democratic candidate Mark Tiffer is also a current City Council member, for three years. He says spending his entire life in Plattsburgh and his passion for the area makes him the man for the job. He hopes to turn Plattsburgh into a tourist destination like Burlington.

"There's a quality of life here that doesn't exist anywhere else. I've traveled; I've gone other places. You can't find the amenities that we have, the opportunities that we have, and really the potential. There's so much potential here," Tiffer said.

A third candidate recently racked up more than 600 signatures during Mayor's Cup weekend in July, landing him a spot as the independent candidate. Chris Rosenquest, born and raised in Plattsburgh, has lived on the West Coast since graduating college 14 years ago. He just moved back and wants to build jobs.

"My skill set and my plan and my drive will take these plans and move them forward. Again, it's no longer about talking about a vision, it's time to implement a vision," Rosenquest said.

Calnon and Tiffer said that they were surprised to hear of a third candidate running. But both tell WCAX with Rosenquest in the equation, their campaign plans will not change.

"I think the voters always deserve a choice and the broader choice they have, great. I was quoted saying this is democracy in action, it sure is and I welcome candidates for the race," Calnon said.

"My campaign literature and information has been out for months and I'm glad my opponent has had a chance to read it, and I am very happy to see he endorses my ideas, and a lot of the things he's saying are things I've been talking about for years," Tiffer said.

But Rosenquest says his plan is based on his own experience leaving college with no job opportunities in the city.

"I come back every year, once or twice a year, and I talk to my friends and nothing has changed. Nothing has changed. And it's time," Rosenquest said.

A race stirring up heated questions and lots of excitement to see who will make it to the mayor's chair this fall.

Republican Mayor Don Kasprzak said he would not pursue a final term as the city's mayor.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Hinesburg man in custody after alleged shooting

    Hinesburg man in custody after alleged shooting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:56:35 GMT
    Police say a 71-year-old man is in custody accused of shooting a female relative in the hand and chest around 8:30 Thursday evening.The incident happened on Richmond Road. The Hinesburg police chief says the man was arrested without incident. He and the victim are long time residents of Hinesburg. Detectives are still investigating what sparked the shooting. But the chief says neither the victim nor the shooter have had any interactions with police before this. The woman was taken to Fletche...More >>
    Police say a 71-year-old man is in custody accused of shooting a female relative in the hand and chest around 8:30 Thursday evening.The incident happened on Richmond Road. The Hinesburg police chief says the man was arrested without incident. He and the victim are long time residents of Hinesburg. Detectives are still investigating what sparked the shooting. But the chief says neither the victim nor the shooter have had any interactions with police before this. The woman was taken to Fletche...More >>
  • Springfield police search for armed robber

    Springfield police search for armed robber

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:00:49 GMT
    Springfield Police need your help to find an armed robber. They say yesterday a white man carrying a semi-automatic handgun held-up the Jenny Wren Café on Main Street. The suspect is described as 19-29 with a slight build and no taller than 5-foot-9.Police say he had a dark buzz cut, acne, and was wearing a red Ecko hooded sweatshirt.If you have any information on the robbery call Springfield Police.More >>
    Springfield Police need your help to find an armed robber. They say yesterday a white man carrying a semi-automatic handgun held-up the Jenny Wren Café on Main Street. The suspect is described as 19-29 with a slight build and no taller than 5-foot-9.Police say he had a dark buzz cut, acne, and was wearing a red Ecko hooded sweatshirt.If you have any information on the robbery call Springfield Police.More >>
  • Arlington man facing an animal cruelty

    Arlington man facing an animal cruelty

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:03:45 GMT
    An Arlington man is facing an animal cruelty charge after police say they found a dead dog on this property.It happened at 2760 VT Route 313. Troopers were at Rick Thompson's home investigating a burglary involving a wood burning stove when they discovered the dog. Thompson told police the dog died from kennel cough but a vet later determined the dog had been starved to death. The 47-year-old is due in court next month.More >>
    An Arlington man is facing an animal cruelty charge after police say they found a dead dog on this property.It happened at 2760 VT Route 313. Troopers were at Rick Thompson's home investigating a burglary involving a wood burning stove when they discovered the dog. Thompson told police the dog died from kennel cough but a vet later determined the dog had been starved to death. The 47-year-old is due in court next month.More >>
  • Senator Sanders pushes for better access to primary care

    Senator Sanders pushes for better access to primary care

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:06:48 GMT
    Senator Bernie Sanders is pushing for better access to primary care for patients in Vermont and across the country.More >>
    Senator Bernie Sanders is pushing for better access to primary care for patients in Vermont and across the country. More >>
  • Burlington School budget one step closer to re-vote

    Burlington School budget one step closer to re-vote

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:09:20 GMT
    A new Burlington School Budget is one step closer to a re-vote in the Community.The Burlington School board voted in favor of a 67.4 million dollar budget. Dozens of parents and voters turned out Thursday night for public testimony on their thoughts and concerns on the new more expensive budget. A recent audit uncovered a 2.5 million dollar deficit forcing the board to slash about 2.5 million dollars in programming and staff. This new budget is 600-thousand dollars MORE than what was voted do...More >>
    A new Burlington School Budget is one step closer to a re-vote in the Community.The Burlington School board voted in favor of a 67.4 million dollar budget. Dozens of parents and voters turned out Thursday night for public testimony on their thoughts and concerns on the new more expensive budget. A recent audit uncovered a 2.5 million dollar deficit forcing the board to slash about 2.5 million dollars in programming and staff. This new budget is 600-thousand dollars MORE than what was voted do...More >>
  • Robber hits the same bank twice?

    Robber hits the same bank twice?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:01:18 GMT
    A security guard and bank manager at the People's United in St. Albans held a would-be robber until police arrived. And investigators think he is the same man who robbed the bank Monday.More >>
    A security guard and bank manager at the People's United in St. Albans held a would-be robber until police arrived. And investigators think he is the same man who robbed the bank Monday.More >>
  • Man shot by Vt. cop faces charges

    Man shot by Vt. cop faces charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:31:24 GMT
    A man shot by an officer inside the Bennington police station faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.More >>
    A man shot by an officer inside the Bennington police station faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.More >>
  • Man charged in Vt. teacher killing wants confession tossed

    Man charged in Vt. teacher killing wants confession tossed

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:29:39 GMT
    A Vermont man charged with killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher is asking a judge to exclude from his upcoming trial a detailed confession he gave to police investigators.More >>
    A Vermont man charged with killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher is asking a judge to exclude from his upcoming trial a detailed confession he gave to police investigators.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.