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I am Brian Wessels, and I am here today to share with you my decision to run for Chenango County Clerk!

I would like to congratulate Mary Weidman on an impressive career as the Chenango County Clerk. Mary has served Chenango County in different jobs for over four decades, and as Chenango County Clerk continuously since 1994. Her retirement from public service is well deserved and Mary will be leaving very big shoes to fill. Thank you for your many years of service, Mary!

My decision to run for Chenango County Clerk is because I am committed to serving Chenango County with renewed energy and a vision for the future for many years to come. My wife, Terri, and I live in the City of Norwich where we have raised our 6 children. We are both lifelong residents of Chenango County, having chosen to call this our home after being raised here ourselves. Our hearts are here, and we are passionate about its success. I care deeply about making Chenango County the best place it can be for the residents, businesses, and visitors. The County Clerk needs to be a proven leader who has experience working with State Agencies and working well with the County Board of Supervisors, all other County departments, and all walks of life that interact with one of the most visible and critical offices within Chenango County government. I have worked for Chenango County for 24 years and I am currently the Director of the County's Area Agency on Aging. As the Director of the Agency on Aging it is my responsibility to lead my staff in advocating and providing needed services for the senior citizens of Chenango County.

As the next Chenango County Clerk, I will bring that same leadership and advocacy to all the taxpayers and residents of Chenango County. Our residents deserve and expect a high level of service from the County Clerk's office - both the department of motor vehicle and the records office. To continuously deliver these services, we must explore new ways to enhance the customer experience by using technological advancements to save time and other valuable resources, all while helping our customers meet their needs and achieve their goals. These are the exact objectives I have achieved for the Area Agency on Aging, and they are the same goals I will pursue every day as the next Chenango County Clerk. I promise to give my best effort to ensure timely and courteous service with every customer experience.

My candidacy for County Clerk is about you - the residents, the voters, and the customers of Chenango County. This is your office, and I would be honored for the privilege and opportunity to earn your trust and support to serve as the next Chenango County Clerk.

I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me, especially my biggest supporter, my wife Terri. Thank you all for believing in me!

I will be available to meet with residents throughout our County over the next several months, through election day, and beyond. It is important to me to hear your questions, comments and concerns.

Thank you for your time today, and I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!