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August 21, 2013

Woman announces run for town justice

A woman with experience in social services and the court system will be among three candidates seeking two Oneonta town justice seats.

Dawn Oliver will run on the independent Citizens for Oneonta line and on the Democratic Party line, officials said.

Two town justices will be elected in November. Other residents seeking a justice seat include Sean Farrell, a Republican who previously announced his candidacy, and incumbent Bruce Smith, a Republican who has served four terms.

Oliver, a patient crisis evaluator, has worked in a variety of positions locally since graduating from the State University College at Oneonta, according to a media release. For more than 25 years, Oliver has been a homeowner and a landlord in Oneonta. Experiences working in various mental health and legal advocacy agencies qualify her as a candidate, she said.

Through work with the Legal Aid Society, she gained knowledge of the law by helping residents with services related to civil and criminal matters, her release said. Later, Oliver directed the Oneonta Runaway and Homeless Youth Program.

She worked with the Otsego County Department of Social Services, where she became familiar with the Family Court system and gained experience preparing affidavits and testifying in court. She also launched a program that placed caseworkers within the local school system, the release said.

Currently, Oliver is employed at United Health Services as a crisis evaluator within the Binghamton General Hospital Emergency Department. Oliver worked as a crisis counselor at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta for 10 years.

Oliver has held positions on the Otsego County Community Service Board, the Otsego County PINS Diversion Committee and the Otsego County Child Abuse and Maltreatment Committee. She has also been a member of the New York State Mental Health Critical Response Team since 2007, and, as a golfer, has participated in fundraisers for various organizations.

“The Oneonta Town Court is one of the most active in this area,” Oliver said in a prepared statement. “I will make certain that all parties to an argument will receive fair and equal treatment.”

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