(Cazenovia, NY – Oct. 2012) I constantly hear the question, “why are you in politics?” Many politicians have morphed a once-honorable profession of serving your fellow citizen into a corrupt power game. It’s not right. So when I volunteered to get involved in politics, our campaign team decided to be different.

First, we wanted to meet with as many voters by knocking on doors, more than 3,500 so far. We then chose to be specific about where we stood on issues and not be equivocal so as to just win votes. Finally, we ran a clean race, not attacking the opposition but instead just letting people know about our campaign and their choice.

The vision for the 121st Assembly District over the next 10 years is to see a growth in population for Madison, Otsego and Oneida counties. To meet this goal, we need to promote the region as a great place to raise a family. We should thoughtfully maintain quality government services while trimming overhead and ending wasteful practices.

This won’t be easy, but it must be done. Our population is aging as young people continue to leave to find work. Companies shut down because New York is one of the worst states for business. Even our milk production has decreased over the past 20 years, while the rest of the country increased.

Things don’t have to be this way. We shouldn’t have to tolerate the slow economic decline of our region. New York state needs someone to lead comprehensive reform:

* Reduce Spending

* Cut Taxes

* End Unfunded Mandates

* Simplify Regulations

However, representing voters is more than major legislative agendas. You should know you have someone in Albany that understands local issues and your specific concerns. When in office, our team plans on expanding current constituent services by:

* conducting public forums in every city and town

* having office hours in a village near your home

* sending press releases on why each vote was cast

* using the Internet daily to share the happenings in state government

* attending local government meetings

* publishing notes and videos of major meetings

* and continuing to walk the streets and knock on doors

I believe I have the experience, education, expertise and enthusiasm to lead this effort in the state Assembly. Use our campaign as an example. We’ve met with voters at their homes, kept a daily journal on Facebook, answered correspondence within 24 hours, posted detailed policy articles and hosted dozens of voter forums.

We’ve tried for decades the concept of passing legislation to help individual businesses. New York state government picking winners and losers just hasn’t worked. We need to do better by getting government out of the role of micromanaging our lives. It’s time we ensured our children’s future in Central New York.

My name is Levi Spires, and I’m requesting your vote Nov. 6. Please connect with our campaign and see your choice in 2012.

Levi Spires is Conservative/Republican Candidate for New York’s 121st Assembly District.

By martha

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