With contested seats in more than half the county, the fight to sit on the Delaware County Board of Supervisors is a tough one this year. Here is a glance at the 10 town supervisor races that will be decided on Tuesday (uncontested candidates are not included):
Meredith Supervisor Keitha Capouya, a Democrat, said she feels agritourism has provided an added dimension to economic development in the county.
“We have significant growth opportunities, given the large demand in the New York metropolitan area for agricultural products from Delaware County,” Capouya said, noting that she would seek “more farms, more land under production, and more jobs on farms and in support industries.”
Capouya said she has lingering doubts over the proposed county bed tax, stating, “It may slow economic growth in tourism.”
Capouya said she “strongly” opposes hydrofracking in the county, noting that “risks to our drinking water, air and health are simply too great, and the protections far too small.”
She expressed a desire that more money from watershed acquisitions be spent on secure storage for gasoline, fuel oil and other toxic substances. She is also an advocate for alternative energy, arguing that the county ought to explore solar and geothermal systems for municipal facilities.
“If we can eliminate fossil fuels and save money, we ought to be able to keep taxes lower,” she wrote.
Republican challenger James Ellis, who teaches applied sciences and building technologies at SUNY Delhi, agreed that economic development is a priority, but emphasized technology as a means to do so, in addition to working with the New York City watershed.
“I believe improved cell phone service is a priority, and I see the immediate potential of Internet-based businesses,” Ellis said.
Ellis said he was not certain the proposed ban on fracking and fossil fuel mining and processing being considered by town government was appropriate.