by Carol Thompson
Susan Sweet, a registered Conservative and 29-year employee of the Oswego County Clerk’s office, said Wednesday she is considering a write-in campaign for the clerk’s position that will be on the ballot in November due to the death of George Williams.
Sweet did not receive the endorsement of the Oswego County Conservative Party. She was not made aware the Conservative Committee was holding a meeting to nominate a candidate to put on the ballot.
Instead, the Conservatives nominated Michael Backus, a Republican, who did attend the meeting.
County Conservative Party Chairman Ron Greenleaf said he was surprised Sweet had not sought the nomination because he was aware she had been interested in running for the office in the past.
He said Sweet had not been notified that a meeting was going to be held for the purpose of nominating a candidate. A notice had been issued stating than an organizational meeting was to be held, however, it did not reference the nomination and Sweet did not receive it, Greenleaf said.
“We had a short time frame,” Greenleaf said, adding that no one had called Sweet to tell her of the meeting in the event she was still interested in running.
“I was approached after the fact,” Sweet said. “I had calls the day after the meeting asking why I didn’t attend and why I wasn’t running.”
Sweet said she has been encouraged by members of her own party and some residents of the county to launch a write-in campaign.
“I’ve had calls from registered Conservatives who said they were disappointed the line went to a Republican and not someone from their own party,” she said. “They encouraged me to do a write in campaign.”
Sweet said she has not made a firm commitment, although she said she has had many offers of help with a campaign, should she decide to run.
Two years ago, Sweet attempted a run against George Williams, however, her nominating petitions were not valid due to a technicality.
At that time, she did interview with the Conservative committee and was passed over for Williams, a Republican.
Her campaign theme was to add a mobile office to the clerk’s office, which would travel to towns around the county on a regular schedule.
“I wanted, and still would like to see, a traveling office so that it is convenient for those living a far distance from the Oswego office to have easy access to the services the clerk’s office provides,” she said.
Sweet said she also campaigned on the negatives of outsourcing the clerk’s office to Onondaga County-based Info Quick Solutions, Inc., the company that provides the data imaging services for the office.
“Before IQS, the public could come to the Oswego office and purchase a map at a very low cost,” Sweet said. “Now maps must be ordered from IQS and not only are they more costly, but the public is forced to pay a shipping fee. The price of a map for the public has more than doubled and I firmly believe that it is wrong.”
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