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Sen. Patricia Ritchie retains the 48th district

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CANTON - State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, retained her seat in the 48th district Tuesday.

Sen. Ritchie beat out Amy M. Tresidder, a Democratic county legislator in Oswego County and the Democratic challenger,

Sen. Ritchie had 60,474 votes in St. Lawrence, Oswego and Jefferson counties according to the unofficial tally by the county Boards of Election. Four districts were yet to report in Jefferson county. Mrs. Tresidder tallied an unofficial vote count of 25,742.

In St. Lawrence County, the unofficial tally showed Sen. Ritchie outpolling Mrs. Tresidder 12,837 to 4,108. In Oswego County Sen. Ritchie won 25,207 to 13,426, and in Jefferson County 22,430 to 8,208.

“I’ve been very for,tunate to have such strong volunteers,” Sen. Ritchie said, speaking at her campaign headquarters Tuesday night in Ogdensburg’s Seaway Shopping Center.

“I’ve been out seven days a week, 12 hours a day pretty much for two years straight,” she said. “The voters recognize that I’m out every day, doing the best I can for them.”

Sen. Ritchie said her focus for the next two years will be bringing jobs and economic development to the north country.

“I will continue the same line from the last two years to help create jobs and reduce taxes,” she said. “We need to reduce property taxes, reduce the regulatory burden and we also need to try and reduce energy costs here in New York.”

Ms. Tresidder said she spent the last week of the campaign working on the ground game,too.

“I’ve been everywhere,” she said, adding her campaign has taken her from one end of the district to the other including Canton and Watertown.

But with the unofficial results, Ms. Tresidder said, “I think we did a good job. We did it ourselves.”

She said she will now focus on her job as a county legislator.

“We’ve got to get the budget done,” she said.

Thomas L. Jenison, chair of the St. Lawrence County Republican Party, said Sen. Ritchie was a champion of the ground game.

The Senator has been working hard to get her name in the public eye and has been campaigning nonstop, Mr. Jenison said. “She’s outshown her opponents in the way.”

Patricia A. McMurry, Sen. Ritchie’s assistant, said, “Everyone’s worked really hard and we’re all taking a deep breath.”

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