Candidate For Governor Seeks Support In Massena

Candidate For Governor Seeks Support In Massena

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You may think New York's governor's race only pits Democrat Andrew Cuomo against Republican Marc Molinaro. However, there are three other contenders and one of them rallied support in Massena Monday.

“Republicans want to be your dad and protect you. The Democrats want to be your mom and give you everything,” said Larry Sharpe, Libertarian candidate.

Sharpe wasn't afraid to take on the dairy crisis. He told the crowd at Morley's American Grill he would make farms exempt from all federal regulatory bodies and then treat them like small businesses.

He was raised in the Bronx. He's from New York City. So can Larry Sharpe's message resonate here in a far corner of the north country?

“Everything I've heard so far has been very inspiring. Limited government, getting rid of the regulations that hinder small farmers and businesses, et cetera," said Lisa Criscitello of Potsdam.

But not everyone agreed with everything Sharpe said. He believes in legalizing marijuana.

“He believes that protecting citizens is the main job for government and I believe that too. And I believe legalizing marijuana and stuff like that wouldn't really help us,” said 14 year old Emily Criscitello of Potsdam.

Sharpe says he can win. 

“They didn't see Trump coming. They didn't see Obama coming. They don't see me coming. The results will be the same,” he said.

Still more people will be on ballot for governor in New York. Former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner is running as an independent. Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate. 

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