We don’t always agree. But we are all neighbors. And as such we should always be striving to find ways to mutually support those who we live near, work with, shop at, and talk to. Its one of the best traits of upstate New York that people who live here seem to have a very strong sense of community. This strong spirit has attracted many people to move to this area over the years.

There are many ways to take part in our community. Volunteerism is one. If you are a business person, joining the local chamber of commerce and becoming active is another. You’ll be amazed at the ways you can participate in the various events and projects going on in our area. Going to Town Hall meetings, speaking out, sharing with others, and of course, voting, are also ways to be involved and to help make a better future for us all.

The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County (CSSC) is proud to work alongside the Capital District Area League of the League of Women Voters to bring about this year’s Congressional Candidates Forum for the 20th Congressional District. Incumbent Paul Tonko, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Joe Vitollo for the right to represent our interests in Washington. It’s a very contentious time to be in leadership of this country, so it behooves everyone here in our community to become informed and vote. The Forum will be in the Adirondack Room of the Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park on Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.

Forums such as these allow the views of the various candidates to be shared in a respectful, courteous manner amid a community setting. The Hilton is a great venue for such an event, centrally located in downtown Clifton Park yet convenient and close to home.

The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County does not endorse candidates, but we sure do get involved on important issues of the day. At every level, community, county, state and federal, we speak with a loud voice as vigorous advocates for the business community and also the economic environment and quality of life within southern Saratoga County. For 51 years this organization has made a real difference, and with your help we can make it for another five decades. Please consider getting involved whether as a volunteer, a member, a participant or even just to come to events such as this candidates forum and hearing what both individuals have to say. We are always better off when we work together. We wont always agree, but we will always be neighbors.

-Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

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