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Plattsburgh 2020

Chris Rosenquest
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The Clinton County Board of Elections counted absentee ballots Monday, determining Democrat Chris Rosenquest will become the next mayor of Plattsburgh. Rosenquest expressed relief and discussed his plans shortly after the count was completed.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
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Voters in the city of Plattsburgh knew they would have a new mayor following the election. But they won’t know who until at least next Monday.

Democrat Mike Kelly is running for re-election in Ward 2
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The annual Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women’s Meet the Candidates Forum was held last night in Plattsburgh.  All of the candidates appearing on ballots across the county were invited to introduce themselves and then answer questions.  Among those attending were five of the six people running for three Plattsburgh Common Council seats.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
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City of Plattsburgh voters will elect a new mayor in November. Democrat Chris Rosenquest won June’s primary against two challengers, including incumbent Mayor Colin Read, and now faces Republican Scott Beebie in the general election. The two candidates met for a half hour debate on MyNBC5, the region’s NBC affiliate, Monday.

Scott Beebie
Scott Beebie for Mayor/Facebook

Former city police lieutenant Scott Beebie is the Republican running for mayor of Plattsburgh.  He retired in 2017 from the city police force after 28 years of service.  He has served as vice-chair of the Plattsburgh city Republican committee but has not held elective office. Beebie says after nearly three decades on the city police force, he has the tools to lead Plattsburgh. Beebie tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he’s hearing common concerns from voters in the city.

Chris Rosenquest
Photo provided by Chris Rosenquest

Democrat Chris Rosenquest ran for mayor of Plattsburgh as an Independent in 2013 before losing to Republican James Calnon.  Since then he has served two terms as a Clinton County Legislator representing Area 9, the northeast part of the city. This year he won a three-way Democratic primary against a local businessman and Mayor Colin Read.  Rosenquest has released a nine-point “Plan for Plattsburgh” outlining his goals for the city and how he will achieve them. He explains to WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he initially referred to it as his Potluck Plan for the city.

Democratic Plattsburgh mayoral candidates (from left) Chris Rosenquest, Colin Read and Tenzin Dorgee
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In a three-way Democratic primary, Plattsburgh’s incumbent mayor is trailing one of his challengers before absentee ballots are tabulated.

Chris Rosenquest
Photo provided by Chris Rosenquest

Clinton County legislator Chris Rosenquest represents Area 9 — the northeast portion of the city of Plattsburgh. The Democrat has been in the legislature since 2016 and was just reelected. But last week he kicked off a bid for mayor of Plattsburgh.  He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley several factors led to his decision.

Chris Rosenquest
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A fifth candidate — and fourth Democrat — is running for mayor of Plattsburgh.

Republican Scott Beebie announces his candidacy for mayor of Plattsburgh
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Two Democrats are challenging Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read, forcing a primary in the race for mayor. On Thursday a fourth candidate – a Republican - announced his own run for the city’s top seat.

Republican Scott Beebie announces his candidacy for mayor of Plattsburgh
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A Republican has entered the race for mayor of Plattsburgh.

Miles N. Davis
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So far there are three candidates, all Democrats, running for mayor of Plattsburgh this year. They are Tenzin Dorjee, owner of a downtown restaurant, incumbent Colin Read, who is seeking his second term, and 22-year-old Miles Davis.  Davis, who attended SUNY Plattsburgh, is continuing his studies at Clinton Community College and hopes to eventually become a high school teacher. But Davis tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he’s taking a pause in his studies because he believes Plattsburgh needs a more youthful perspective in its leadership.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read will run for a second four-year term in 2020.