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Council race begins

Local candidates have started their campaigns for a spot on the Nov. 7 ballot, and voters will recognize the two women running for town council. Republican Mary Beth Hynes was appointed to the town council in February, after elected board member Paul Farnan stepped down. This will be Hynes' first time running for the position. Patti Southworth, who is endorsed by the Ballston Democratic Committee, will be running for the town council seat against Hynes.

Southworth is running on a platform of honesty, integrity and accountability.

Southworth is concerned with is what the town will look like in the future. She said she is in favor or a size cap because it's \what a majority of the town seems to want.

"I want to represent everyone," said Southworth. "I truly want to hear from anyone who has something to say or has an idea about what they want for the town of Ballston."

Hynes agreed that growth was also one of her major concerns.

"We're not trying to throw the gates up and say, 'No one else can come live here,'" Hynes said. "We understand that to remain a vibrant community, we want to have some commercial development; we want to have residential development. But I think that it's important to decide what the nature of that development is going to be."

One of Southworth's campaign promises last year was to create a community newsletter for people who couldn't attend meetings.

"It's nice to see that has come to fruition even though I wasn't elected," she said. Southworth added that she'd like to find a way to fund the newsletter that won't cost taxpayers.

Hynes created the newsletter. It doesn't have a political side to it, she said.

"People need to know that there are a lot of good things going on in this town. It's not all about Wal-Mart," she said.

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