ONEONTA _ A rematch of the Democratic Seventh Ward primary is on tap for Election Day with the winner _ barring a successful write-in campaign _ assuming a seat on the Common Council.
Candidates Lizabeth Shannon and Marjorie Hathaway are each trying to replace Republican Seventh Ward Alderman Sean Farrell, who is stepping down in December.
Shannon, who has Farrell's endorsement, beat Hathaway in the September primary by a vote of 36 to 8.
Hathaway will be on the ballot Tuesday as an independent.
The 73-year-old said Thursday her main concern is getting a grocery store within city limits.
She said she's also concerned about the number of tax-exempt properties in Oneonta and would like to find a way to reduce what she said was an upward trend in tax-exempt properties throughout the city.
"We just can't afford to do that," Hathaway said.
The Common Council needs some new ideas, Hathaway said, and added that she is not afraid to speak her mind.
"I'm not a politician, so I can say things some people probably wouldn't say," said Hathaway, who is retired but works part-time as a school crossing guard.
For the last 11/2 years, Shannon has been a frequent observer and participant at Common Council and other meetings at City Hall.
"I'm not afraid to ask difficult questions and do the research necessary to fully understand issues," Shannon said.
The 46-year-old, who grew up in the Seventh Ward, owns a textile design and weaving business.
"It's time for the city to take a hard look at the deer population and how it affects residents' quality of life and safety," Shannon said. "I suggest we invite the Department of Environmental Conservation's biologist to conduct an educational forum for the community about how to manage the deer."
The Silver Creek watershed is also a big concern for Seventh Ward residents, Shannon said.
Since the 1930s, when the dam and walls that contain the creek were built, there has been a lot of development near the watershed, including the two college campuses, Shannon said.
"Unfortunately, the Silver Creek infrastructure has not been updated to reflect these changes, and it is time to study the creek's ability to effectively deal with the current level of run-off and make repairs and improvements to the system," Shannon said.
Shannon said she would like to see more collaboration with Hartwick College and the State University College at Oneonta, and not just to alleviate concerns over student-community relations.
The colleges and the city could cooperate on economic development, green technologies and look at ways of keeping graduates in the Oneonta area, she said.
Shannon also has the endorsement of Third Ward Alderman Julie Carney, a two-term independent who is not running for re-election.
Election Day is Tuesday.