After eight years at the helm of the Clifton Park town board, Supervisor Phil Barrett is hoping voters will sign off on another two.
The Republican incumbent will face off against Democrat Art VanderVoort this November. Barrett, 39, ran unopposed for the position two years ago.
The last time Barrett was opposed in an election was 2003, in which he won with 65 percent of the vote.
I've been very humbled by the incredible support the folks of Clifton Park have given me in each and every re-election campaign that I've run, Barrett said. "I think if you look across the board at all of these quality-of-life issues, our administration has done a tremendous job both in the short term, getting things done, but also investing long term."
Barrett was born in Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C. His father was in the army during the Vietnam War as a courier, although he never saw combat. Growing up, Barrett lived in five different states before coming to Clifton Park in 1991, shortly after graduating from Providence College with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He served in the Army Reserves after college, from 1989 to 1996.
Following 10 years in the paper industry, he has worked in banking since 2001. For the past year he has been the vice president of business banking at Key Bank.
"Knowing inside and out how budgets work and monetary policy and how that affects everyday life is very important when you're trying to look into the future and make the best decisions possible for your municipality," Barrett said. "When I took office, our surplus was a little under $1 million; now we've got up to $15 million [last year]."
He said that he delivered on his 2000 campaign promise to improve the town's public safety by increasing state police and county sheriff's department contracts.