Correction/Clarification: An earlier version of this column incorrectly said a photo of Amy M. Tresidder was submitted to the newspaper by the candidate’s campaign staff. That error has been corrected. Also, the column implies that the author, Beth Lyons, left a voicemail message asking the candidate to meet with her in the future. She asked the candidate to return her call, but did not explain the reason for the request or the topic of the column she was developing.
You might not realize it, but state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, has an opponent in the Nov. 6 general election.
I was surprised, too, especially since the only evidence I have seen that Democrat Amy M. Tresidder, Oswego, actually exists was a photo someone submitted to our newspapers a couple of weeks ago from an event in Wanakena.
St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee Chairman Mark J. Bellardini assured me this week that she is, indeed, a real, live person, and that she has been up in our neck of the woods at least a few times.
From what I have read about her, she seems like a nice, knowledgeable person who would probably do well serving in Albany. But I wouldn’t know the woman if I tripped over her. With the exception of Mr. Bellardini and political reporter Brian Amaral, nobody else I’ve talked to knows who she is, either.
I guess that could be because she has gone on record acknowledging that she is a long shot candidate and she knows that the Ogdensburg area is Ritchie turf, so maybe she’s just not bothering to get her name out here.
She is from Hermon – she is the sister of St. Lawrence County Legislator Frederick S. Morrill, D-DeKalb Junction - and has attended at least one event there.
The photo sent to us was identified as being taken in Wanakena, so we know she has also been there.
Where else has she been up here? I don’t know. Mr. Bellardini wasn’t certain, either, but he was pretty sure she had been some places in St. Lawrence County knocking on doors.
I tried to call her on Wednesday to chat her up about her campaign and see if she would be willing to drop by for a visit one of these days. I left a message and got no response. I guess I know how I rate.
If you’re running for a state office, it’s probably a good idea to let the local newspaper know when you’re going to be in the neighborhood. You might actually get some press coverage that way to help you introduce yourself to voters and let people know a little bit about where you stand on the issues.
That’s kind of the whole point of a political campaign.
That, for whatever reason, is apparently not Mrs. Tresidder’s campaign strategy. I have no idea what her strategy is because she never called me back, but our small community newspapers clearly do not fit into her plan to try to win over voters in this county.
Even if you know you have an uphill battle to get elected, you should still at least let voters know when you will be in their communities so they can meet you, shake your hand, get to know a little bit about you and you can tell them that you actually care about whether you can win their support. If they don’t know who you are, you have exactly a 0 percent chance of getting their vote. And there is absolutely no way she will be able to knock on everybody’s door in the fifth largest county east of the Mississippi.
Using community newspapers to connect with voters might be too old fashioned an idea for Mrs. Tresidder’s campaign, but you never know. Maybe one of these days she will surface to prove that she is, indeed, a real, live person running for state office.