PARISHVILLE — Richard A. Perkins is doing more than talking about politics by deciding to run for the St. Lawrence County District 7 seat that is being vacated by Legislator Scott M. Sutherland, R-Pierrepont.
“I’m hoping I can help,” Mr. Perkins said.
Mr. Perkins is a Republican who switched parties, but his registration as a Democrat will not take effect until after the general election. He will run on the Democratic line in the general election against Jerry G. Moore, a Republican.
He said he was asked by county Democratic Chairman Mark J. Bellardini to consider running for the position as a Democrat after Mr. Sutherland announced he was stepping down.
“We got talking local politics. That’s where it really starts. I did a lot of thinking about it,” Mr. Perkins said. “I’m not really a party-liner. I think we should all work together.”
Mr. Perkins likes some of the vision of the county Democrats, including an interstate highway, which he said he believes could help bring jobs and keep young people from leaving the area. He said he likes the multitrail system that is being developed by the county and would like to see more focus on tourism. His background is in business administration and finance, and he said he believes his knowledge would be helpful with the county budget.
“I’m not going to claim to be an expert,” he said. “I can read numbers.”
Regardless of whether district voters pick him or his opponent, he urged them to go to the polls and make a choice.
The Perkins File
Richard A. Perkins
Education: Clarkson University, bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and management information systems.
Employment History: Has worked in accounting for J.E. Sheehan Contracting Corp., Potsdam, for the last dozen years. Previously, he had a number of different jobs, including in construction and as a UPS driver.
Party Affiliation: Republican but changed his party registration to Democrat, which will become effective after the general election.
Political History: Ran unsuccessfully several times for a seat on the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School Board.
Family: Wife, Tonilee A. Perkins. Children, Travis J., 30, Niki M., 26, and Kodi T., 19.
Place of residence: 43 Hotaling Island Drive, Potsdam.
Place of Birth: Potsdam.