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Cooperstown--9 November 2011
In a stunning rebuke to the local Republican party, Sustainable Otsego and other anti-fracking candidates won most of their races in Otsego County yesterday.
According to unofficial returns, 7 of 11 Sustainable Otsego candidates won. Of the remaining candidates endorsed by Sustainable Otsego, 13 won and 12 lost.
The biggest sweep occurred in the pivotal Town of Otsego, where John Kosmer, Bennett Sandler, and Julie Huntsman defeated Republicans James Johnson, Bill Michaels, and John Schallert.
Huntsman and Sandler's nearly 2-1 landslide victories were particularly notable, while Johnson's loss to Kosmer derailed the career of the County Board's Vice-Chairman and Republican rising star.
Beth Rosenthal carried Middlefield, Roseboom, and Cherry Valley to win a County Board seat, and incumbent Rich Murphy was returned in the Town of Oneonta. These Sustainable Otsego/Democratic wins, along with those of Democrats endorsed by Sustainable Otsego -- Rothenberger, Stulligross, Koutnik, and Rowinski in Oneonta -- reduced the once-Republican dominated County Board to 7 Democrats and 7 Republicans. Republicans will continue to hold the edge, however, due to weighted voting.
Chris Harmon won an important victory as Supervisor in the Town of Milford.
In spite of valiant efforts, however, Barb Monroe failed to carry Milford, Hartwick, and New Lisbon for the County Board, and Teresa Wincester failed in her bid to unseat pro-driller James Powers to represent Butternuts, Morris, and Pittsfield on the County Board.
These are unofficial results and subject to correction.
Moderator, Sustainable Otsego
Here's a tentative summary of winners (W) and losers (L):
Candidates running on the Sustainable Otsego line:
(W) Richard Murphy, District 4, Town of Oneonta
(L) Barbara Monroe, District 5, Towns of Milford, Hartwick, New Lisbon
(W) Beth Rosenthal, District 7, Towns of Middlefield, Roseboom, Cherry
(W) John Kosmer, District 8, Town of Otsego
(W) Bennett Sandler, Town Board, Town of Otsego
(W) David M. Jones, Town Board, Town of Oneonta
(W) Chris Harmon, Supervisor, Town of Milford
(L) Bruce Milavec, Town Collector, Town of Milford
(L) Edward E. Gross, Jr., Town Board, Town of Unadilla
(L) Lisa J. Moskowitz, Town Board, Town of Unadilla
Candidates endorsed by Sustainable Otsego:
(L) Teresa Winchester, District 2, Butternuts, Morris, Pittsfield
(W) Gary Koutnik, District 11, City of Oneonta
(W) Linda Rowinski, District 13, City of Oneonta
(W) Catherine Rothenberger, District 12, City of Oneonta
(W) Katherine Stuligross, District 14, City of Oneonta
(W) Charles Eckelmann, Supervisor, Town of Butternuts
(W) Michele Farwell, Councilman, Town of Butternuts
(W) Heather Covington, Councilman, Town of Butternuts
(L) Marcia Membrino, Councilman, Town of Milford
(L) Bob Thomas, Councilman, Town of Morris
(L) Marilyn Roveland, Supervisor, Town of Morris
(L) Dawn Sieck, Councilman, Town of Morris
(W) Julie Huntsman, Councilman, Town of Otsego
(L) Alanna Rose, Councilman, Town of Plainfield
(W) Bob Eklund, Councilman, Town of New Lisbon
(L) Steven Zerby, Supervisor, Town of Westford
(L) Steven Hatfield, Councilman, Town of Westford
(L) Karen Wyckoff, Councilman, Town of Westford
(W) Diane Addesso, Councilman, Town of Worcester
(W) Laura Malloy, Councilman, Town of Laurens
(W) Paul A. Stein, Councilman, Town of Pittsfield
(L) William Curto, Councilman, Town of Pittsfield
(L) Jimmy Junior Massey, Councilman, Town of Richfield
(?) Mary Margaret Snyder, Councilman, Town of Richfield
(L) Allison Jones, Councilman, Town of Maryland