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Southworth will run for county clerk

While petitioning for appointment, Ballston supervisor says she’ll make November run

— After receiving the support of her Independence Party for an appointment to the office of Saratoga County clerk and interviewing with Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the position, Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth says no matter the outcome on an appointment, she’ll be running for the office come November.

Southworth announced her intentions of Feb. 1. The office was left vacant by Kathy Marchione, who won a seat in the state Senate (see related story, page XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX).

The supervisor touted her administrative experience between running a pharmacy for 22 years and being Ballston supervisor since 2008.

Among her ideas for the clerk’s office was to take a look at finances and work on community relations and ways to increase tourism in the county.

“These are tough fiscal times in the county,” she said. “We need to find ways to alleviate some of that burden. We need to find a way to run leaner and meaner.”

No major party, including the Independence Party, has made an endorsement for the 2013 election.

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