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Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett announces re-election bid

Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett announces re-election bid

Town Supervisor Phil Barrett announced late Tuesday he will run for re-election in November.

Town Supervisor Phil Barrett announced late Tuesday he will run for re-election in November.

Barrett, 45, has held the office since 2000, and lists as his accomplishments freeing the town of debt, maintaining zero general fund property tax, reducing the highway tax by 75 percent and beefing up the town's savings account, as well as helping to preserve more than 1,200 acres for parks and leading revitalization of the Exit 9 corridor.

"We were prepared for the severe economic downturn that occurred, and now years later, we are stronger than ever," he said in a statement. "Everything we do at Town Hall on a daily basis is motivated by the understanding that all residents and business owners in Clifton Park are investors in our community."

The town recently was recognized by two outside entities. Moody's affirmed the town's strong credit rating and recognized the town's financial stability. And the state Comptroller's Office noted while auditing background check processes for summer employees that of the eight municipalities studied, Clifton Park was the only one to exceed state standards.

The supervisor position is a two-year term that for years was part time. But with the departure in March 2011 of town administrator Michael Shahen, the Town Board elected to make the Supervisor position full time starting in January 2012 and combine the supervisor and administrator positions.

Before then, Barrett worked as an executive for KeyBank.

The supervisor job pays $90,000 a year.

In 2011 when he last ran for office, Barrett was endorsed by the Republican, Independent and Conservative parties.

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