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November 6, 2013

Dems take two seats on town board

The two Democratic candidates won in the four-way race Tuesday for seats on the Oneonta Town Board.

Andrew Stammel won with 792 votes, along with Patricia Jacob, who garnered 757 votes, according to unofficial results from the Otsego County Board of Elections.

Republicans Brett Holleran had 595 votes and Fred Volpe had 573 votes, elections officials said.

The Oneonta Town Board early next year will face the expiration of a moratorium on drilling, including hydro-fracturing. The town also is considering establishing a water district on Southside and general issues related to economic development.

The town of Oneonta has 3,128 registered voters, including 1,163 Republicans and 1,126 Democrats and 600 unaffiliated voters, elections officials said.

Jacob and Stammel will join Democrat David Jones on the town board.

Republican town board member Janet Hurley-Quackenbush apparently won election to represent District No. 4 on the Otsego County Board of Representatives, which means the town board will appoint someone to succeed her. She bested Daniel Buttermann, a Democrat, 743 to 666, according to unofficial election results.

Town Supervisor Robert Wood, a Democrat, ran unopposed and garnered 999 votes Tuesday, elections officials said.

In the race for two town justice positions, Republican incumbent Bruce Smith had 832 votes. But results for Republican Sean Farrell and Democrat Dawn Oliver were close with 728 and 725 respectively.

Democrats gathered at the Red Caboose in downtown Oneonta on Tuesday night, Stammel said, and though there were a few disappointments in results, the atmosphere was generally positive.

Stammel and Jacob credited their success to conducting a door-to-door campaigns to meet voters and discuss issues in person.

“We’re just feeling very humbled and honored to be selected by our friends and neighbors,” Jacob said by telephone late Tuesday night. “I’m flabbergasted — I’m so excited … I’m going to roll up my sleeves and work really hard.”

Stammel, who also expressed excitement about the results, said during his campaign he visited more than 82 percent of the voters.

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