ONEONTA – With Common Council member John Rafter’s announcement a few minutes ago that he plans to seek another term, the outlines of the 2019 campaign are firming up.
Three incumbents, Rafter, Dave Rissberger and Michele Frazier are running again. But five Council members are not.
And, with six newcomers surfacing already, there will be no shortage of candidates to replace them.
Also, with two seats being contested – Mark Davies v. Seth Clark in Ward 2 and Carrington v. Boshnack in Ward 6 – and perhaps more to come, it promises to be a year of competing ideas and discussion about the City of Oneonta’s future.
Here is John Rafter’s campaign announcement:
“Oneonta City Council Member John Rafter, representing Ward 7, has announced his intention to run for a second term on Common Council. John was elected to the Council in the last election. Prior to that, John Served on the City Zoning Commission for 7 years.
“While on the Council, John has been Chair of the Legislative Committee and served on the Operations Planning and Evaluation Committee. His particular focus has been on promoting improved community/college relations and Oneonta housing issues.
“John has a BA in History from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and Masters Degrees in Educational Psychology from Temple University and Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“His career has included several years as a teacher, over 30 years of experiences in Human Resource Management and internal consulting in major corporations, and 5 years as Director of Personnel at Opportunities for Otsego.
“John reports that he greatly enjoys his work on the City Council and addressing the challenges faced by local government in Oneonta. ‘Moving with my family to Oneonta over 14 years ago was one of our best decisions,’ John says. ‘I want to continue my service to the community for another term on City Council..'”