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Meet the 3 candidates for Plattsburgh mayor

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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.

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