A little more than six years ago, I walked away from a well-paying job as a supervising pharmacist and entered the world of public service.
I was elected supervisor in the Town of Ballston, becoming the town "CEO" and its representative at the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. Immediately, I plunged in headlong, attending seminars and training sessions, immersing myself in the arcane language and decades-old rules and regulations.
While campaigning, I walked from one end of my town to the other, meeting people of all ages, from all walks of life, and learning what needed to be done when I took office. During my six years in office, my personal phone was available all day, every day, to serve my constituents.
As my time as supervisor came to a close, I realized finding solutions, reaching agreement and solving problems was what I loved most about the job. Considering that my town was 2-1 Republican enrollment, winning the first time and being re-elected twice again was ample reward, and a sign that my community wanted change.
The most frustrating aspect of working at the town government level was my inability to have any impact on state rules and regulations, seeing that a small rural town was at the mercy of a legislative body that cared little for our needs, our problems and our goals. It became apparent then that I needed to share what I'd learned with a bigger audience.
I announced my intention to run against state Sen. Hugh Farley Feb. 15. Since then, I have traveled to many events in the 49th Senate District and met many wonderful people. Businesses have welcomed me in and I am truly astounded at the variety and quality of what they produce.
Over the coming months, I encourage you to follow along with me as I further explore our district and continue to meet the people who are the backbone of our community. You can also find me at www.southworthforsenate.com.
Editor’s Note: Patti Southworth is a registered Democrat, but has not sought her party's endorsement. "I believe the voters should choose their candidate, not a party machine," she says. She expects to be on the Primary Election ballot in September.