Council race begins

"I'm not anti-development," said Hynes. "I just think we need to pay as much attention to green infrastructure as we do to gray infrastructure."

Southworth would work to educate landowners about the term easement program and what it offers.

"They (landowners) want to know they're protected from liability," she said.

Hynes said she'd like to see changes in the way the town council interacts with the residents.

"I think the government here needs to become more transparent," she said. "I think we need to do a better job explaining what we're doing and why we're doing it so that there is no suspicion among the members of the public about what we're doing."

Southworth is also committed to improving relations between the town board and residents, promising to walk the town once a year to see what residents want to see for Ballston. People can't always get to meetings, she said, so she will go to them.

Southworth has been going door to door working to get signatures, and marched in the Flag Day parade, making her name known.

"My name has been out there because of my experience and the time that I've already put in," said Hynes, who also said she plans to go door to door. "I want to meet as many people as I can, not just in my own district but other parts of the town."

Hynes has begun construction on a Web site about her campaign as well.

Southworth currently works as a pharmacist, which she has done since 1983. Now that her children have grown, she said she wants to direct her attention to other things that are important to her and feels the position on the town council would be a great place for that.

"I can bring a fresh outlook to the board with the energy and commitment to serving the people," said Southworth.

Hynes has lived in Ballston for about eight years and has a private law practice , though she said she has scaled the practice back to focus on her position on the town board. Prior to serving on the town board, Hynes served on the land conservation committee and the planning board.

"I'm making a real effort," Hynes said. "I'm approaching this position as if it were a full-time job because I believe in it. I believe in my community.""

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