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Democratic caucus

MacGuire Benton Joins Village Board Veterans

MacGuire Benton Joins

Village Board Veterans

Sean Miller, top photo, right, looks admiringly at MacGuire Benton after nominating him for a one-year term on the Cooperstown Village Board at the Democratic Caucus this evening in the top-floor ballroom at Village Hall.  Two incumbents, inset, Jeanne Dewey and Richard Sternberg, were nominated for the two three-year terms that are open in the March elections.  The village Republicans failed to caucus this year, so the three are assured reelection, absent a write-in candidacy.  Newcomer Benton is a graduate of Cooperstown Central School and has studied at Cazenovia and SUNY Oneonta.   Most recently, he has been a staffer for such candidates as Brian Flynn, who ran for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 19th District.  His parents are Mark and Marianne Benton of Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/

Allstadt, Tillapaugh Win Democratic Nod to Run

Allstadt, Tillapaugh Win

Democratic Nod to Run

GOP Bows Out, No Independents In Yet
Cooperstown Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, right, with her husband Gary Kuch, and Village Trustee Lou Allstadt, left, with his wife Melinda Hardin, wait to fill out the necessary paperwork after they were nominated for further terms on the Village Board a few minutes ago at the Democratic caucus in Village Hall. Village Trustee Richard Sternburg, seated, was elected to chair the caucus. Village Republicans failed to hold a caucus this year, but independents have until Feb. 14 to collect 50 signatures and get their names on the ballot; Village Administrator Teri Barown has the paperwork. (Jim Kevlin/
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