Sandy Roth thought the Clifton Park Town could be doing a better job working for the community, so ran for office.
Seventeen years and one month later, Roth is retiring from his position as councilman but plans to remain a familiar face in town politics. He said he has always felt fortunate for how his Town Board involvement came about.
I didn't like some of the things I saw happening; it was at that time the board was kind of mixed [a Democratic supervisor, two Democratic board members and two Republican board members] and I made the determination that I would run in the next election, which was in 1992. What happened in 1991 was that one of the people on the Town Board decided to resign and being that I had already indicated I was interested in running, I was one of four people from the Republican Committee that wanted to represent the town, said Roth. "The committee had to nominate somebody to occupy that vacancy and the town board made the final resolution. I was lucky enough to be the one appointed and I've always been very grateful to the committee for allowing me to have that opportunity."
Roth said that he felt like things in Clifton Park were at a standstill and he thought it should continue to grow as a community and be more responsive to residents.
"It's not that I felt we had to build, build, build all over the place; I just felt that people did want to move into the town of Clifton Park and in order to be able to do that, we had to have areas people could move to," said Roth. "I wasn't the type that wanted to save every single tree, although the environment is something I've always been very close to. All my campaigns were centered around 'quality of life.' The environment is important, but at the same time we have to realize people have rights also. You've got to have a balance and that's what I've tried to bring to the town board, balance."