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EDITORIAL: ISN’T IT TIME FOR A CHANGE?

Editorial, June 15, 2018

ISN’T IT TIME

FOR A CHANGE?

Elect Len Carson County Sheriff.

Able, Proven Public Servant

Would Change Conversation

ELECT LEN CARSON SHERIFF Distinguished Firefighter, Businessman, Veteran

When you think about it, with the amount of baggage both Republican and Democratic designees for county sheriff are carrying, 2018 would be a great opportunity for a third person to run as an independent.
You may have a favorite candidate of your own, but how about someone like Len Carson, the Oneonta Republican who narrowly lost reelection to his seat on the Otsego County Board of Representatives last November despite distinguishing himself as bright, level-headed and forward-thinking during his tenure.
Just that term – “an Oneonta Republican” – speaks to his ability to reach across party lines in the Democrat-dominated city.
He’s a veteran – an able president of the Oneonta Vets’ Club – a distinguished firefighter and EMS leader, who in retirement from the Oneonta Fire Department founded DC Marketing,
the electronic billboard company.
And still a young man – in his 50s – he remains creatively involved in civic life as a future-looking member of the Oneonta Airport Commission.
As a former county rep, he knows his way around county government, and,
as former chairman of the county board’s Public
Safety Committee, the sheriff’s department.
Plus, in the turmoil in the sheriff’s department of his final year, he no doubt learned more about its inner workings than he wished.

There are positives for Carson in the negatives.
Incumbent Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., the Republican nominee, while often serving ably, has been embroiled in controversy for 18 months now, unable to resolve serious allegations surrounding his son, Ros.
Ros was accused of threatening an “incident” at Milford or Oneonta schools so he, unhindered, could commit suicide in front of a supervisor critical of him.

Devlin
Fernandez

It might happen, but it’s conceivable the case will still be hanging out there on Nov. 6, when voters go to the polls. If so, would you want to vote for Devlin?
The Democratic designee, retired state trooper Bob Fernandez, has an albatross hanging around his neck: As county board chair, his wife, Kathy Clark, R-Otego, did significant damage to the welfare of her constituents, evident dramatically in the past few days when two top executives of the county nursing home – privatizing it was one of her signature achievements – were hauled into court on felony charges of endangering patients.
Plus, some Republicans believe that Clark led the charge against Devlin to open the way for her husband’s candidacy? With that nagging question, would you want to vote for Fernandez when you go into the polling booths Nov. 6.

The positives for Carson are also in the positives.
While defeated for reelection by a mere five votes, Carson left office squeaky clean. He was generally admired by his colleagues, and very well may have been elected county board chairman if only three voters had cast ballots the other way.
There’s plenty of time to run as an independent. The independent candidate would have to collect a mere 795 signatures. He and his no-doubt many supporters could begin circulating petitions July 10, and submit them by Aug. 14-21.
Plus, a three-way race means someone could win with perhaps as little as 35 percent of balloting; a quarter of the county’s population lives in Carson’s home city.
Very doable.

We have a president who’s seeking to drain what he calls “the swamp” of Washington D.C. – Godspeed! But we have a little swamp here, and – arguably – both Devlin and Fernandez are part of it.
Let’s drain our little swamp. Elect Len Carson sheriff of Otsego County on Nov. 6, 2018.

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Oneonta Turns Out For School Board Elections

Oneonta Turns Out For

School Board Elections

Oneonta’s Molly Swain and Bud Perone go to cast their votes in the Oneonta School Board Elections in the Foothills Atrium this afternoon. On the ballot are re-elections for board members and the approval of the $39,442,416 budget. Polls will remain open unto 9pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Voting Brisk At Oneonta Polls

Clark Oliver, receives his voting ballot from Election Official Donna Behrent this afternoon at polling station at Foothills Preforming Arts Center. Early morning saw lines out the door, with a steady, larger-than-normal voter turn out throughout the day. If you haven't already, there is still two hours left before poll locations close. So, if you haven't, get out and vote! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Clark Oliver, receives his voting ballot from Election Official Donna Behrent this afternoon at the polling station at Foothills Performing Arts Center. Early morning saw lines out the door, with a steady, larger-than-normal voter turnout throughout the day. If you haven’t already, the polls are open until 9 p.m.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOV. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOV. 8

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Election day has arrived.

CLICK HERE  to find polling locations in Otsego County.

For more information visit the Otsego County Board of Elections Website.

NATURE HIKE – 10 a.m. Free hike of Clark Tower Property. Open to public. Lasts approximately 2 hours. Bring water and a snack. Meet at Beaver Meadow Rd., Just South of Co. Rd. 52.

KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. For more info CLICK HERE.

HAM DINNER – 4:30.-6:30 p.m. Eat in or Take Out. Cost, Donation. United Methodist Church, 82 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, call (607) 264-3087

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