With the new year will come a new form of government in Montgomery County and the race for who will lead residents through this change is heating up. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, two candidates are certain they have the right experience to be the first and best County Executive.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y. -- The writing on these doors will be gone come January 1st.
Last November, voters okayed switching Montgomery County from a 15 member Board of Supervisors to a nine member legislature for the first time in history. So the question now is who will lead this change as county executive?
"My slogan is experience matters and I have a lot of it," said Montgomery county Executive candidate Dominick Stagliano.
Stagliano stood with his fellow democratic county candidates Thursday and signed a pledge to work with them for the betterment of the county if elected.
Stagliano said, "I ran for village board, I was the mayor of St. Johnsville from '91 to '95. I became supervisor in '98. I've been chairman of the finance committee in 2001, two and three."
But republican, conservative and independent Candidate Matt Ossenfort, a New York State Senate Senior Legislative Analyst, says too much experience isn't what the county is asking for.
Ossenfort said, "We've seen some dysfunction over the years and a lot of fighting and negativity and a lot of people are excited about putting that behind us."
Ossenfort says he brings a new perspective to the table, with three major focuses.
"The first is setting a positive tone and professional tone in the county, the second is long term budget planning and the last one is regional economic development," Ossenfort.
Something Stagliano agrees with saying improving the economy would be his main focus.
Stagliano said, "It's jobs in Montgomery County and that's what a lot of people are concerned with and that's what we need to work on."
The candidate elected will have to manage an $80 million budget and a workforce of more than 350 employees. Voters hit the polls November 5th.