The upcoming election will shape our economic future and thus we must not allow it to be a “single-issue” campaign. We must move beyond rhetoric to results.
Citizen Voices consists of Oneonta-area business people who focus on practical solutions to the challenges facing our region. They include declining school enrollments and programs, an aging population, reduced services, fiscal distress for our municipalities, decaying infrastructure, the need to transfer ownership of the Manor, and a lack of career opportunities for our children and significant others.
Attracting new businesses to the area will increase tax dollars by increasing both the tax base and sales tax revenue while providing well-paying jobs. A welcoming business climate and a pro-growth environment are essential for our sustainability. With a responsible approach, Otsego County can be open to business and industry while protecting our scenic beauty and conserving natural resources. We must stop arguing about what we oppose and collectively identify actions that will foster economic development.
Meeting those objectives can only be accomplished with representatives who demonstrate dynamic leadership and independent thinking. They must be consensus builders from both parties, who will place the greater good above niche issues and political ideology. Citizen Voices endorses the following candidates because we believe they exemplify these characteristics:
County Treasurer: Dan Crowell; county representatives: Edwin Frazier Jr., James Power, Kathy Clark, Janet Hurley-Quackenbush, Donald Lindberg, Beth Rosenthal, Rick Hulse Jr., Craig Gelbsman, Linda Rowinski and Katherine Stuligross; Oneonta Town Council: Brett Holleran and Fred Volpe; Oneonta Mayor, Richard Miller.
In some cases, Citizen Voices was unable to make an endorsement because we did not have the opportunity to interview the candidate(s).