We, the citizens of Saratoga Springs, will soon have the opportunity to elect Pat Friesen, a compassionate and dedicated woman to be one of our next county supervisors.
I enthusiastically endorse Pat because I have known her for 15 years, and have always found her to be a tireless worker for various projects, which have helped make our city the jewel of upstate New York.
Although Pat has never before ran or held elected office, she has had civic success because of her unique ability to understand people with political differences and negotiate with them for favorable results.
One of many notable demonstrations of this skill was evidenced soon after the popular Borders bookstore left our city, creating a void that concerned many citizens. Pat instinctively realized the magnitude of this loss, and was instrumental in working with local developer Sonny Bonacio and the Vermont-based ownership of Northshire Books to successfully bring a retail, mass-market bookstore here to increase the vibrancy of local shopping on Broadway.
I have found that Pat has excellent consensus building and negotiating skills, which is all too rare in our current political landscape. When these skills are supplemented by her focus and determination to deliver results, success usually follows.
Therefore, on Election Day, I urge you to vote for Pat Friesen for county supervisor. Pat will continue to make herself available to hear your concerns, as she has throughout her campaign. I know that she will vehemently advocate for Saratoga Springs at the county committee and always represent us with the dignity and purpose we deserve.
Philip H. Diamond