Editor’s Note: Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal went to press Tuesday, June 19, and any further political letters regarding the Tuesday, June 26, Democratic primary received through next Monday will be published on www.allotsego.com. Please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org The polls will be open noon-9 p.m. next Tuesday across Otsego County.
To the Editor:
Now is a difficult time for us all.
There is such sadness, fear and for many people, a daily struggle just to get by.
I have lived in this area for over 40 years and taught middle and high school students in Cooperstown school for 20 years. I know and celebrate the wide variety of people who live in this district. We are yearning for ethical and respectful political leadership. On June 26. we vote for our Democratic NY-19 Congressional representative.
I am voting for Erin Collier for Congress.
We live in a beautiful area, rich with history, including the wisdom of the Native People who wisely considered how seven generations to come would be affected by their decisions. Erin Collier has the long-range vision we need. She is an experienced economist with working-class communities. She understands the need for healthcare for all and believes clean renewable energy is our future.
There is a saying, “Women hold up half the sky.” Erin is an advocate for all of us, not just the powerful or the loudest. She understands the gender wage gap and the struggles of families and children. Over the years I have known Erin, she has always enjoyed friendships with a wide variety of people. She is not exclusive but inclusive. This is what we need in our Congressional representative.
I have known Erin since she was an 11-year-old student in my class. I have observed her intellect, her open heart, dedication to purpose, willingness to work hard and her absolute joy in life.
I have seen many students over time find a place where their talents are needed. Many are in this community and many others are in places throughout the world enriching lives of others.
Erin is here now to serve our community.
I will vote for Erin because I know she can represent me in the many layers of working in Congress.
I will vote for Erin knowing that this era of sadness and fear will take a while to change and Erin has the skills and passion to speed us toward a time of balance.
This is a long journey. I begin with one step and will vote for Erin Collier.
Oneonta residents Trevor LeFever, front, and Benedict Schlimmer, rear, paddle on the Susquehannah through Emmons, near Fortin Park, during today’s 56th annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta. The 70-mile canoe race brings professional paddlers from all over North America to the Susquehanna every year on Memorial Day weekend. LeFever and Schlimmer, racing in the Pro class, came through Oneonta in second place, behind veterans Steve Lajoie and Andy Triebold. Pictured at right, Congressional candidate Erin Collier, Cooperstown, cheers on her brother Todd Collier and his partner Luke Banner. Collier, who is running against six other Democrats in the June 26 primary for the chance to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, was part of her brother’s pit crew, and waded into the river to give him a fresh water bottle and a quick snack. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – The state Board of Elections determined this afternoon that Cooperstown native Erin Collier’s signatures on her campaign petition were valid, clearing the way for her name to appear on the ballot in the 19th Congressional District Democratic primary June 26.
Collier garnered over 2,700 signatures on her petition, more than double the amount that is required and, according to Collier, more than most other congressional candidates in the 19th.
But her petition was challenged by Gardiner Town Democratic Party vice chair Barbara Rose Sides, who contested many of the signatures. The Gardiner Democrats had endorsed Pat Ryan, an Iraq veteran and tech executive who lives in proximity.
COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown sisters Kristen and Dana Leonard spoke in front of a large gathering of local high school students this morning during the Otego County Youth Food Movement, an event organized by the sisters to raise awareness for local agriculture and farming. The students listened to multiple presenters speak about locally sourced food. District 19 Congresisonal Candidate Erin Collier, D-Cooperstown, pictured at right, was one of the speakers, who talked about her experience growing up on a farm in Cooperstown, and why local agriculture is important.
Afterwards, the students visited three different stations where they learned hands-on about locally sourced produce. The students also made “disco soup,” which is soup made from produce that was rejected from supermarkets based on appearance. The soup that the students made will be served at tomorrow’s farmer’s market in Cooperstown. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22
CANDIDATES FORUM – 6 – 8 p.m. Democrat Congressional candidates for the 19th district, Jeff Beals, David Clegg, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes, and Pat Ryan discuss issues, more. HIRC Lecture Hall 1, SUNY Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/OneontaCollegeDems/
YOUTH PROGRAM – 2:30 p.m. Workshop introducing children to methods archaeologists use to find and identify archaeological sites. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/