NY Assembly: Dan Stec, R-Queensbury
We think Assemblyman Dan Stec has done a solid job and endorse him for re-election.
Mr. Stec has spent a lot of time inside the Adirondack Blue Line, and not just professionally. He is an Adirondack 46er and still spends time hiking here. In that, he has a better understanding than most lawmakers about what is going on in the Adirondack backcountry and what is at stake. Also, especially with his background as a town supervisor, he has a good sense of what Adirondack residents need in terms of economic and infrastructure aid. He understands the importance of tourism promotion and can work with various local officials.
NY Senate: Betty Little, R-Queensbury
We recommend that our readers help re-elect Betty Little to the state Senate.
You know how a good small-town shop owner gets to know almost every customer individually and stocks what he or she likes to buy? That's kind of how Sen. Little operates. Going back to her days in the Assembly, she has always made a habit of attending local events throughout her district, no matter how small.
She also appreciates the serious environmental concerns at stake in the Adirondacks as well as the serious need for local economic viability. Even better, she understands the mechanics of how Adirondack policies are influenced, crafted, changed and, sometimes, neglected.
U.S. House, NY Dist. 21: Mike Derrick, D-Peru
The North Country is blessed to have three talented candidates to serve New York's Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives; however, we have decided to endorse Mike Derrick for the job.
We have met with Mr. Derrick more than once and found him willing to answer any question we threw at him. He seems like a good listener, and it seems his stated goal to continue a life of public service is genuine. He is not as jovial as Bill Owens or John McHugh, but he is solid and thoughtful, and does not seem as guarded as Rep. Elise Stefanik. He also pledges to stand up against those who pollute the Adirondacks.
U.S. President: Hillary Clinton, D-New York
We endorse Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.
First of all, she is the only qualified candidate; in fact, she is extraordinarily qualified, having served as secretary of state, senator from New York (which made her familiar with upstate and its concerns), first lady and as a lawyer on the post-Watergate impeachment case.
Mrs. Clinton has weaknesses as well as strengths. She and her husband have a questionable record of using their charitable foundation for leverage in foreign countries. They have lied to try to weasel their way out of trouble, although we believe her level of dishonesty is less than that of Republican candidate Donald Trump, who routinely spouts untruths. Whereas he is reckless, she is cautious to a fault.
These faults have been on full view during this brutal campaign, but her strengths have not. They may emerge once she is elected.
We know, pretty well, what Mrs. Clinton would be like as president - a typical, professional Democrat. Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is a wild card. He could do some serious damage to this country. Some people are ready to take that chance, but we are not.