The son of a former Oneonta town highway superintendent won his father's post Tuesday.

James Hurtubise, 26, a Democrat, defeated Republican Howard Trask by a vote of 958 to 745, according to preliminary results.

His father, also named James Hurtubise, died earlier this year after he resigned from the office he held for 16 years.

"My intention is to serve the community with the same kind of devotion," Hurtubise said during a candidate forum last month.

A construction project manager for Cobleskill Stone Products, Hurtubise is also a former town of Oneonta employee.

He brought up his experience in highway construction as an asset for his new job.

"In road construction there is no such thing as a cheap fix," Hurtubise said.

He also said the town needs to consider a highway preservation ordinance in advance of natural gas drilling or other heavy industry.

"This will protect the town roads and residents if they are affected by heavy industry," he said.

The full-time position pays $46,000 year. The highway superintendent oversees maintenance of the town's roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure.

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