Seward Floated For Congress

Seward Floated For Congress

He’d Be First From County Since George Fairchild A Century Ago

Jim Seward
Jim Seward
Fairchild
Fairchild

In the wake of U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson’s announcement Tuesday that he will leave Congress in 2016 at the end of his term, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, was mentioned today in The Daily Koz as a possible candidate on the Republican side.

The article also mentioned Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, whose district includes four Otsego County towns: Cherry Valley, Roseboom, Decatur and Worcester.

A laundry list of other Republicans and Democrats were mentioned, but none from Otsego County.

Seward was urged to run for Congress when Sherwood Boehlert, R-Whitesboro, retired in 2007, but he deferred to Ray Meier, a state senator from Oneida County, who then lost to Democrat Michael Arcuri.

If Seward were to be elected, he would be the first congressman from Otsego County since George Fairchild of Oneonta, who served from 1907 to 1919. Fairchild, whose mansion is now the Masonic Temple on the the corner of Grand Avenue and Main Street, was also the first chairman of the board of IBM.