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County Conservatives’ candidate meet-and-greet is Wednesday

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OGDENSBURG — The St. Lawrence County Conservative Party is planning a meet-and-greet event with candidates Wednesday.

“We want the people of the north country to see who the candidates are,” Chairman Henry R. Ford said.

The Conservative Party is throwing its support behind 10 Republican candidates this year.

“The candidate that has our line can expect 8 to 14 percent of the vote in the county,” said Mr. Ford, who said the county has roughly 800 registered Conservatives.

Candidates who have garnered the party’s support are state Supreme Court candidates Richard E. Sise, John T. Ellis, Thomas Buchanan and Felix J. Catena; state Sens. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, and Elizabeth O’C. Little, R-Queensbury; Assembly members Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, and Marc Butler, R-Newport, and Republican 21st Congressional District candidate Matthew A. Doheny of Watertown.

The Conservative Party maintains its separation from the Republican Party in order to ensure ideological purity, Mr. Ford said.

“We are not the rubber stamp for anyone,” he said.

“Our main platform is to cut costs, reduce taxes, reduce spending and downsize government. On social values, we definitely do not support same-sex marriage and we are pro-life.”

The meet-and-greet is free and open to the public. It is scheduled to run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hosmer’s Marina, 54 E. River St. Guests will be encouraged to speak directly to the candidates.

Finger foods have been donated for the event by Jason Hoxie, owner of the Potsdam, Canton and Massena Subway restaurants.

Conservatives also will host a whistle-stop tour of the county on Saturday that will see the candidates driving from one end of the county to the other in order to get out and meet as many people as possible, Mr. Ford said.

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