WESTFORD – Local tech-project manager and activist Chad McEvoy today announced his campaign in the 101st Assembly District. A Democrat, he is challenging Republican Brian Miller of New Hartford.
In Otsego County, the 101st includes Springfield, Middlefield, Westford and Maryland. A long, narrow district, it extends from New Hartford, outside Utica, south to the Town of Montgomery in Orange County.
“We can do more for our area – focusing state resources on the needs of our communities – by working with, not against, the majority in Albany,” said McEvoy, who ran against Republican county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, last fall.
EDUCATION: I hold a Masters in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.Sc. from the University of Washington in Zoology with a minor in Anthropology.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I have worked primarily as a software development project manager and data analyst for both nonprofit organizations and tech startups. I am currently an analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board member of Otsego 2000
PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: I am a strong progressive on issues relating to civil liberties, personal freedom and the environment. I am generally moderate or center-left on fiscal issues and believe in the efficacy of an intelligently regulated free market. I favor data-driven economic policies that strive to increase both equality and innovation.
MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY:
Economic development and rural poverty
Rural broadband access
MY QUALITIES: My wife and I chose to live in Otsego County because of its community, natural beauty and history. I believe in the idea that one must participate locally to help build the qualities they wish to see represented in the world on a larger scale. In addition to my work, activism and civic engagement I am an amature naturalist, fossil collector, chef and rock drummer.
STATEMENT: District 6 has not had an actual option in the general election for almost two decades. Democracy requires at a minimum that there be a choice of who to vote for. Years of stagnant one-party government at the country level have not yielded much for our community. If I am elected I will represent the interests of the communities of District 6 and will work to hold the board accountable for sustainably maximizing the inherent potential of Otsego County.
COOPERSTOWN – While Democrats have allowed Republican and county sheriff’s candidate Bob Fernandez to run on the Democratic ballot line in the Nov. 6 general election, it seems they fell short of an outright “endorsement.”
“Mr. Fernandez has not received the endorsement of the OCDO,” Mike Henrici, the Democratic county election commissioner and county committee secretary emailed after this week’s Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal hit the streets. “…He does not appear as an endorsed candidate on the OCDC website or anywhere else. In fact, no motion has even been made in the committee to even consider an endorsement.”
COOPERSTOWN – Antonio Delgado was met with cheers and applause from 120 of the Democratic faithful – and a handful of Republicans – in Templeton Hall this evening.
Questions ranged from fracking to FERC and Social Security to Glass–Steagall. A 9-year-old, Greta Green, who lives in Washington, D.C., but is visiting her grandmother, Cynthia Benjamin, in Garrattsville, asked about protecting children from gun violence.
“It hurts that a 9-year-old even asks that question,” he said.
But the question of the hour – the 19th District Congressional candidate’s former life as AD The Voice, a hip-hop performer in L.A. whose lyrics in his “Painfully Free” CD were liberally sprinkled with the N-word and epithets – was only touched on lightly during the formal part of the evening.
As the Q&A began, moderator Paula DiPerna advised the candidate she would be questioning him more closely later on the issue – Delgado’s rap career was reported on July 8 in the New York Post, and his Republican opponent, Congressman John Faso, issued a press release expressing “shock” at the “troubling and offensive lyrics” – and to be prepared.
WALKING TOUR – 7 – 8 p.m. Bob Brzozowski & Gary Wickham lead walking tour, “Downtown Revitalization Then & Now” through Main & Market Streets. Learn urban renewal plans of 1970s to today’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Admission by Donation. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta 607-432-0960 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaHistory/
TOWN HALL – 7 p.m. Meeting features Antonio Delgado (Running for Congress), Joyce St. George (Running for State Senate), & Chad McEvoy (Running for State Assembly). Sponsored by Sustainable Otsego. Free, open to the public. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.
ONEONTA – State police reported today a card-skimming device was found in the ATM on the Community Bank drive-thru window at its Southside Oneonta branch on Route 23, and also released a photo of a man they suspect may have placed it there.
The device, which fits inconspicuously over the card slot, reads information from any card that it swipes; the data can then be used to make fraudulent purchases.
Sustainable Otsego has endorsed the following candidates for county board: Leslie Berliant, Nicole Dillingham, Gary Koutnik, Danny Lapin, Andrew Marietta, Adrienne Martini, Chad McEvoy, Cathy Nardi, Pat Ryan, Liz Shannon, Tom Spychalski, and Andrew Stammel.
They all support the principles of sustainable living, economic self-reliance and home rule. As we face the future, it’s clear that we can no longer rely, as we used to, on distant governments and corporations to provide for our social and economic security. Increasingly, we’re going to have to do it ourselves. Our communities and our resources are repeatedly challenged; social and economic security is harder to come by. Incomes are low, jobs are scarce, and young people migrate elsewhere. For far too long, majorities on the county board have failed to respond to these challenges.
We need new leadership in Otsego County, especially on the county Board of Representatives. We need people, like the candidates above, who are ready to aggressively defend the interests of our communities. Otsego County desperately needs a voice of its own – and these candidates are the ones who can give it that voice. If you are happy with the way things are, vote for their opponents. But if you think we need a change, here’s a chance to do something about it.
Questionnaires that have been submitted so far by candidates for the Otsego County Board of Representatives in the Nov. 7 elections are highlighted below. As the rest of the candidates respond, the links will be updated. Please click on highlighted link to read, in candidates’ own words, why they are qualified to serve. And don’t forget to vote! Polls are open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.