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CANTON — Jason A. Clark, a consultant and former director of the Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena, was named Monday as the replacement for Sallie A. Brothers, a St. Lawrence County legislator who resigned last month for health reasons.

Mr. Clark, 39, Norfolk, was chosen by an ad hoc committee of fellow Democrats and appointed at a special meeting of the county Board of Legislators. Mr. Clark said he hopes to emulate Mrs. Brothers as a legislator.

“I’m looking to act in the same manner,” he said. “I think the most important thing is speaking to people and listening to them and advocating for those issues.”

Mr. Clark will fulfill the approximately one year Mrs. Brothers had left in her term and will have to run in 2014 with all of the other legislators if he wants to continue in the position.

“We’ll take it day by day,” he said. “I would expect that’s the way we’ll go.”

Mr. Clark has been one of the primary supporters of a four-lane highway for the north country. He is the owner of Clark Consulting LLC, which advises clients on fundraising, project management and grant application writing.

Mr. Clark said he was unable to seek political office when he worked for the Massena Business Development Corp. because of potential conflicts.

“I’ve had an interest in public service most of my life,” he said. “The timing seemed appropriate.”

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