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Clifton Park - Mediator to run against Barrett

"I don't think people need to come to the town hall and get chastised for what they want to talk about," he said. "As an item comes up, open it up for discussion. It should be more conversational. We should explore everybody's opinion."

He also said that instead of the $150 tax rebate, he would consider improving town infrastructure.

Todd Kerner, chairman of the local Democratic committee, called VanderVoort a "people person" and criticized Barrett's demeanor at board meetings.

"[VanderVoort] would work with people from both sides of the aisle," Kerner said. "He knows how to bring people together and not bring them apart. We have a town supervisor right now who doesn't want to hear from the people in the town, who is very adversarial, even with people in his own party."

Mike Lisuzzo, Kerner's Republican counterpart, disagreed.

"You don't fix something that isn't broken," Lisuzzo said. "I wish the opposition the best of luck, but if I were a non-partisan voter, I'd have to ask them what specifically is so wrong in Clifton Park that we need to change forces in mid-stream"

If elected, VanderVoort would be the third Democratic supervisor in the history of the town.

"Even if we're not in power, we have to make sure that they know we're here," VanderVoort said. "The only way that you can have an actual good town board is to have diversity of opinion, to have people from different walks of life. What's in the best interest of everybody? You're not going to get that if you don't have a good mix."

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