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Marie Regan honored with Silas Wright award at Democratic Committee Dinner

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CANTON — Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan was honored with the St. Lawrence Democratic Committee’s 2013 Silas Wright Award at the party’s fall’s dinner Friday night at SUNY Canton.

Mrs. Regan was cited as a role model by former New York state and St. Lawrence County committee Chairwoman June F. O’Neill, who was the master of ceremonies for the dinner.

“We are pleased to honor someone who has devoted countless hours to our Democratic Party, our campaigns and our communities,” Mrs. O’Neill said.

“Marie is more than a politician,” Mrs. O’Neill added, going on to say that the Potsdam town supervisor’s career has made her a role model to many people across the county.

Mrs. Regan said her childhood growing up in an immigrant community in Massena instilled in her the values of the Democratic Party that she continues to live by.

“Democrats know that a society is only strong when it looks after the vulnerable among them,” she said.

Mrs. Regan said that she believes Democrats are at their best when they are working to secure well-paying jobs that allow people to establish themselves as dignified members of the community.

“Dignity, destiny and dreams” make up the core of the Democratic Party’s message, Mrs. Regan said. “We are a party of inclusion.”

Today, Mrs. Regan said, the party needs to focus on ensuring everyone has equal access to the ballot box.

“One of the best ways to control our destinies is at the ballot box,” Mrs. Regan said.

“We want everyone to exercise their right of franchise,” she said.

Mrs. Regan, who lives in the town of Potsdam with her husband, Robert, was a professor of American literature at SUNY Canton before entering politics during the 1990s.

She was given the State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor and the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996.

Mrs. Regan encouraged her fellow Democrats to get out the vote for the Nov. 5 election this year in order to sweep the ballot.

“Go, Democrats,” she said to a standing ovation.

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