ONEONTA – The field is filling up with Democrats aiming to challenge freshman Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, whose district includes Oneonta and Cooperstown, as well as Madison and past of Oneida counties.
Nick Chase, a Hartwick College students and Oneonta native, this week joined Oneonta City school board member Dan Buttermann and Corey Mosher, a Hamilton farmer and board chair of Madison County Cooperative Extension.
Chase entry makes a Democratic primary next June more certain.
ONEONTA – Dan Buttermann made it official today: The Oneonta Democrat plans to challenge Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, for the 121st Assembly District seat, although he first may face a Democratic primary next June.
The 121st includes the bulk of Otsego County, including Oneonta and Cooperstown, all of Madison County and part of Oneida. The 2020 election will be Nov. 3.
“I am deeply concerned about the future of our district, state and country,” Buttermann said in a press release. “I fear that failure to invest in the future of our economy today means that our next generation of Upstate New Yorkers will find it harder and harder to stay.”
ONEONTA – A Hamilton farmer, Corey Mosher, has announced a challenge to freshman Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, in the 121st District next year, but local Democrats say they expect Otsego County will have its own candidate for the party’s nomination, Dan Buttermann of Oneonta.
In 2017, Buttermann lost narrowly – 1,158 to 1,203 – to then-Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, who was then defeated by Salka, former Brookfield Central school board president and Madison County Board of Supervisors chairman.
HAMILTON – At 6 p.m. today, fourth-generation family farmer and partner of Mosher Farms, Corey Mosher, announced he’s exploring a run against freshman Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, whose 121st District includes Otsego County.
Active in issues associated with farming, Mosher serves as the board chairman of the Madison County Cooperative Extension, board member of the state Vegetable Growers’ Association, and as a member of the National Barley Improvement Committee .
BROOKFIELD – While canvassing is wrapping up today, the John Salka campaign felt confident enough to announce the Brookfield Republican has defeated veteran Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, in the 121st District.
On Election Night, Salka held a lead of 963 votes out of more than 44,000 votes cast. After most absentee and affidavit ballots were counted in Madison and Otsego counties, Salka maintained a lead of 508 votes. Oneida County has not completed its count yet, but has less than 150 outstanding ballots, so it is mathematically impossible for Magee to make up the difference.
BROOKFIELD – Republican John Salka, Town of Brookfield supervisor, today announced he will launch a third bid this year against Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, for the 121st District seat.
“We won 19 towns in 2016, up from a single township in 2014,” he said, “and now seek the majority to win the assembly district! Nearly 25,000 voters approved of our message in the last campaign, and we have gained considerable name recognition through the 121st district.”