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I would like to introduce myself to those who may not know me or that I have not meet yet. I am on the Republican primary ballot for a Town Council seat in Cape Vincent.

I was born and raised in the Cape. After graduating from TI High School, I moved to the Midwest for school and then traveled the country doing contracting work. The last seven years, I was in the southeast Florida region managing a large contracting firm.

While living there, I missed home. I missed the seasons, the river, the country lifestyle, friends and family.

I decided to move home two years ago to the town I grew up in and remember fondly. What I found was the town has declined and animosity is extremely present.

It troubles me to see my town declining and the animosity that takes place. So I decided to run for a Town Council seat to better the community.

I believe the town needs more economic opportunity for us and our children. I would like to see economic development in the Cape, some steady jobs that give our children a reason to stay here.

We need to give them the opportunity to make a living here instead of leaving home and never to return except for vacation. We need to think outside the box and market our beautiful area.

Some ideas that I have are some light industry, agricultural industry or some import/export industry. I do not have the silver bullet for this subject yet, but I am open to suggestions and ideas from the citizens of Cape.

The taxes in this town need to be brought under control after the 100 percent assessment that took place this year. As it stands, most people’s taxes will double.

This is not a way to get people and industry to stay or grow. The best way to control taxes is to manage your spending just like everyone has to do on a personal level.

I am fiscally conservative and do not believe that a government entity should have a bottomless pocket (yours). If spending is controlled, there is no reason for your property taxes to double.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to working for you in the future. Please continue your support for the “New Common Sense” and help take the Cape back to the place that we all love and are proud to be from. Remember Sept. 10; please come and vote.

Jeremy Wood

Cape Vincent

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