CANTON — Former village trustee Daniel E. Martin, a Republican, is challenging St. Lawrence County Legislator Stephen M. Putman, D-Canton, for his District 9 seat.
Mr. Martin is semi-retired and said he wants to represent Canton at the county level.
“Now I do have the available time to give back to the town that has given me so much and my daughters so much,” Mr. Martin said.
Mr. Martin said he thinks his experience as a village trustee in the 1980s and his time in business give him the qualifications needed to be a legislator.
“I think fiscal responsibility is definitely something of concern to everybody,” he said.
Whatever decisions are made, legislators have a duty to be forthright so that costs are not shifted from one governmental group to another without actually saving taxpayers money, he said.
Mr. Martin had no specific areas he would cut from county government. “I have to do a lot more research on that,” he said. “I’m still drawing conclusions.”
Mr. Martin had no criticism of Mr. Putman, a retired school superintendent, other than that he spent several months in the South last winter. Mr. Putman was at many county meetings via an online service, but Mr. Martin said constituents deserve more.
“I will be available for people to get hold of,” he said. “I’ll be at all the meetings. Committee meetings are so important.”
The Martin File
Education: Attended SUNY Oswego.
Employment History: Worked in the wholesale beer business for 35 years for A.J. Missert and A. Cappione Inc. Five years with Mueller Services, Tonawanda, in replacement cost work for the insurance industry. Assists his daughter, Megan E. Martin, and her fiancee, Marc Morley, with their restaurant, Between the Buns, in Potsdam.
Party Affiliation: Republican
Political History: Canton village trustee for six years in the 1980s, including one year as deputy mayor when Marilyn Mintener was mayor. He unsuccessfully ran for the county board in 1993. He lost a race by seven votes in 2001 for the Canton Town Council and was unsuccessful in a 2007 run for the village board. He failed to win election to the town board in 2012.
Family: Wife Deborah N. Two daughters, Morgan E., 31, and Megan E., 28.
Place of residence: 24 Pleasant St., Canton.
Place of birth: Ogdensburg