“If we don’t have our own house in order first, we would be setting that person up for failure,” Hulse said.
The fracking issue is also potentially in play in District 3, where the chairwoman of the county board, Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otego, is being challenged by Democrat-backed Stu Anderson, a Republican who led the push to enact a home-rule ban against drilling in the town of Otego. Last year, Clark had supported an alternative plan that would have routed the proposed Constitution Pipeline along the Interstate 88 corridor so that the county would derive revenue from the $683 million natural gas transmission system.
Running for Murphy’s seat in District 4 are Oneonta Town Board Member Janet Hurley Quackenbush, the GOP candidate, and Daniel Buttermann, a Democrat who is making his first run for public office and has received guidance in his campaign from Murphy, the vice chairman of the county Democratic organization.
County GOP chairman Vince Casale said Quackenbush is well-known to Oneonta voters.
“I feel good about Janet,” Casale said. “She has been a proven leader on the town board.”
Overall, Casale said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the Republicans will retain the majority on the county board. “I think the most important thing is that our candidates offer a breath and depth of knowledge and experience, and we need people with that type of knowledge.”
Democratic County Chairman Rich Abbate said he has been impressed by Buttermann’s enthusiasm and grasp of the issues facing the county.
Also being tested Tuesday is Rep. Beth Rosenthal, D-Roseboom, who is opposed by Bill Glockler, a Republican who has helped mount opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial gun control legislation.
Running for the District 12 seat in the city of Oneonta are Amy Homburg-Heilveil, a Democrat and restaurant waitress, and Craig Gelbsman, a concert promoter and hospice organization volunteer who has both the Republican and Independence lines.