COOPERSTOWN – To calm troubled political waters, county Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, has scheduled an Administration Committee meeting for Dec. 2 to give the Democratic prospect to succeed state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker a hearing before that day’s county board meeting.
“I felt this was the right thing to do,” she said a few minutes ago. “I always try to do what’s fair, and I think this is fair.”
COOPERSTOWN – In a party-line vote, the county board’s Administration Committee a few minutes ago voted, 3-1, to send Jennifer Mickle’s name Dec. 2 to the full board, which will consider whether to appoint her to succeed state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, in Cooperstown.
County Rep. Clark Oliver, the Democratic county chairman, said “I’m disappointed this process was so rushed.” The Democratic County Committee planned to meet tonight to designate a Democratic nominee.
But county board Chair David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, said everyone knew nine months ago, when Oberacker announced he would run to succeed retiring state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, that there might be a vacancy.
SCHENEVUS – Republican county committee members from the county board’s District 6 met last evening and nominated Jennifer Mickle, a Town of Maryland resident and Oneonta businesswoman, to succeed state Senator-elect Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, on the county board.
The candidate, who also has experience in local government and community service, called it “a wonderful opportunity. I’ve always believed in public service and giving back to the community. I hope my experience will not only be a benefit to District 6, but to the county as a whole.”