I just wanted to send a note of thanks to you and your colleagues in the media. I am very grateful for what you do to keep the public informed and to hold elected officials and candidates accountable. Please keep doing that, our democracy needs you! We need you to keep questioning authority, dig into claims, and help get to the truth, even when it’s inconvenient for those in a position of power—especially when it’s inconvenient.
I know that some of you work at outlets that are under-resourced but you keep going, and some of you work incredibly long hours, all because you care about accuracy of information. And I know that many of you locally and nationally have been maligned by those who do find your work inconvenient for their purposes. Please know that I see you and appreciate you for all that you do.
Owen Weikert and Darius Homayounpour were elected by the Middlefield Democratic Party for chair and secretary respectively by unanimous consent.
Weikert replaces acting chair Leslie Berliant while Homayounpour is succeeding acting secretary Sydney Waller.
“I’m very excited to be a part of this growing committee making the effort to elect Democrats in Middlefield,” Weikert said in a press release. “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to be with people who love this region and share the core values of protecting our natural resources, helping our farms and small businesses thrive and improving life for the residents of Middlefield.”
Weikert moved to Middlefield from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is a business development director in the biotechnology industry with a concentration on sustainable bovine genetics.
Homayounpour is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and is a textile designer. “I look forward to working with Owen and the rest of the leadership team to help grow this committee and support our candidates,” Homayounpour said in the press release.
“I’m delighted to endorse Leslie Berliant for Otsego County representative for Middlefield, Roseboom and Cherry Valley. As you know, one of my jobs is to ensure that local governments are fiscally responsible. Ms. Berliant is the right candidate to help Otsego County to thrive and will be a responsible, honest and transparent representative for her district.”
– Tom DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
I am thrilled to share this endorsement and extremely honored to have such strong support from a man known for his integrity, honesty and fiscal responsibility.
Democrat for Otsego County, District 7
COOPERSTOWN – Tim Walker today officially announced his candidacy for Otsego County Board Representatives in District 8, Town of Otsego (which includes most of Cooperstown).
He is challenging Democrat Andrew Marietta, who is completing his first term and plans to run again.
While the deadline for filing petitions is still a month away, the fall campaign is already heating up.
In the last 24 hours, Leslie Berliant, a writer and entrepreneur, announced she is challenging David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, and Hartwick College professor Adrienne Martini is challenging Craig Gelbsman, R-City of Oneonta. In all, Democrats have identified 12 candidates so far to run in the 14 districts.