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Common Council candidate

MARK DAVIES: ONEONTA COMMON COUNCIL, WARD 2

MARK DAVIES

ONEONTA COMMON COUNCIL, WARD 2

COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE:  Oneonta 2nd Ward

Mark Davies

EDUCATION:

Ed.D. Educational Foundations, Rutgers University

M.Ed. Rutgers University

B.A. Stockton University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:  Professor of Education, Hartwick College (17 Years); High School Social Studies Teacher (8 Years)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Environmental Board  – 2013-present

Chair of the Environmental Board –  2015-present

Sustainability Task Force Chairperson – 2010-2015

County-wide Composting  Project 2014-present

County Energy Task Force, Co-Chair Environment Sub-Committee –  2019-present

City Comprehensive Planning Committee – 2017-2019

Board Member, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) – 2017-present.

Board Member, Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) – 2009-2013

Oneonta Soccer Club Coach 2007-2011

FAMILY:   Married to Diana Portalatin for 29 years; son, Kai (22); daughter, Marly (20)

PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT:

Elected officials need to represent the people and make decisions that are in the best interest of the people and enhance their quality of life.

MAJOR ISSUES FACING CITY OF ONEONTA:

Oneonta faces challenges in the years ahead:

  • With an aging infrastructure, updates and improvements need to take place.
  • Family housing is disappearing in the city, we need to explore strategies to increase middle-income and family housing to attract more families to Oneonta.
  • In order to attract businesses to Oneonta, we need to develop and implement a strategic plan for business development.
  • Given the realities of climate change, we need to vigilantly protect the environmental health of our community and reduce our carbon footprint.

MY QUALITIES:

I look for opportunities to collaborate with people, which often requires moving beyond differences and working to find common ground.  I start from a position of respect for all people in all of my interactions.  I enjoy the challenge of solving problems through developing creative or logical solutions.  I have always been guided by the simple idea that we have a responsibility to do what is best for people and best for the environment; because the people in our lives and the places we live are most valuable.

STATEMENT: 

I’m running for Common Council because I am deeply committed to serving the community, addressing our challenges, and working to secure a high quality of life for all community members without sacrificing our environmental health now and into the future.

Oneonta Democrats Seek To Dampen Competition
LETTER from JOSHUA BAILEY

Oneonta Democrats Seek

To Dampen Competition

To the Editor:

For years, the City of Oneonta has struggled to find passionate candidates in its local elections. Oftentimes, those in power have pushed individuals to run strictly to fill a seat, as evident by a handful stepping down after only one term. While I thank our entire Common Council for its service, Oneonta needs enthusiastic candidates who are committed to our future.

2019 is that year. In multiple Common Council races, we were lucky enough to have had at least two, and in some three, candidates file petitions for office including in the Eighth Ward, which I am running to represent.

Personally, I was excited for a three-way race. It would have forced discussion and debate, the fundamentals of a functional democracy.

Unfortunately, the Oneonta “Democratic” party leaders and my opponent are not so democratic after all, forcing two independent candidates, Eric and Nate Roberts, off the ballot and trying to kick an independent county board candidate, Wilson Wells, off as well – a power move limiting the debate that Oneonta residents so desperately deserve.

Why would they do this? I only see one reason: They are scared of the very democratic principles they claim to uphold because, for the first time in recent memory, the elite few controlling our city are in jeopardy of losing their stronghold.

Local politics should not be partisan politics. We should not be scared of discussion on new ideas, rather embrace them.

JOSHUA BAILEY

Common Council candidate,

Oneonta’s Ward 8

2nd County Rep Runs For Common Council

2nd County Rep Runs

For Common Council

Scott Harrington Announces In 6th Ward

By JENNIFER HILL  • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Scott Harrington will run for Common Council’s Ward 6 seat after Russell Southard decided not to seek re-election.

ONEONTA – Another former Otsego county rep, Scott Harrington, is running for Common Council in November.

He will seek the Sixth Ward seat, which Council member and Deputy Mayor Russell Southard has held for two terms.

Yesterday, Len Carso announced he would run for the Ward 5 seat, which Council member Dana Levinson is vacating at the end of the year.

Five of the Council’s eight members, all of whose terms are ending this year, are not seeking re-election. Earlier today, Mayor Gary Herzig said he didn’t know why so many of the current office holders decided not to run again.  Carson and Harrington are the only two Council candidates so far.

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