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District 7

Democrat Varney Plans Challenge To Dave Bliss

Democrat Varney Plans

Challenge To Dave Bliss

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Charles Varney

COOPERSTOWN – Democrat Charles Varney, who lives in Cherry Valley and operates the Cooperstown Underground Barbershop on Main Street, plans to challenge county board Chairman David Bliss in the Nov. 2 elections, he announced today.

Bliss, a Republican, represents District 7, which includes the Village of Cooperstown east of the Susquehanna River, plus the towns of Middlefield, Roseboom and Cherry Valley.

“My announcement was the long and short of it,” he said.  “The county’s response to COVID has been lackluster at best, terrible at worst.”  He said county finances are being mismanaged and service “chipped away.”

County Manager v. Committees? Marietta,Walker Views Opposite
DISTRICT 8 DEBATE (COOPERSTOWN/TOWN OF OTSEGO) 

County Manager v. Committees?

Marietta,Walker Views Opposite

County Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Town of Otsego, center, and his Republican challenger Tim Walker, left, make way for Otsego Town Board candidates after a lively hour-long debate this evening in the town hall in Fly Creek. The two took starkly contrasting positions how county government works or might work. Marietta supported the idea of a county manager, and of streamlining the committee system. Walker characterized a county manager as “another layer of bureaucracy” and said the committee systems works fine in the U.S. Congress. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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