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As first noted by the New York Observer's Colin Campbell, a Democratic challenger to Republican state Sen. Patty Ritchie has filed paperwork for a November candidacy.
Amy M. Tresidder is an Oswego County legislator who represents the city of Oswego. She first took office in 2010.
An Oswego Democrat blog establishes a pretty simple platform for Ms. Tresidder: open government, lower taxes, lower costs, listening to the voters.
Ms. Tresidder could not be reached for comment at this late hour.
"There will be plenty of time to discuss politics, but right now we're working on an on time budget," Graham Wise, the chief of staff for Mrs. Ritchie, said just now. "Senator Ritchie is working hard to make sure that there's an on-time budget that addresses the needs of taxpayers in Northern and Central New York."
Ms. Tresidder spoke to City and State today, which you can read here.
The conventional wisdom among north country politicos is that there aren't going to be any competitive races for state seats.
Ms. Tresidder will put that to the test.
Here's a big reason why Senate Democrats will have a tough time challenging historically Republican seats: money. Republicans are rolling in it, and Democrats don't have any of it. (Or, more accurately, they're in a lot of debt.)

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