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February 6, 2014

Casale withdraws, no challenger yet in mayor's race

By Bera Dunau Staff Writer
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The placeholder is gone, but no GOP candidate has filled the place.

Republican placeholder candidate Vince Casale withdrew his candidacy for the Mayor of Cooperstown on Monday. That move gave the Republicans until 5 p.m. yesterday to find a replacement, but they failed.

Casale, the chairman of the Otsego County Republican party, put his name forward as a placeholder candidate at the village’s Republican caucus on Jan. 23.

For the two village trustee positions that are up for election this year, the caucus nominated independent incumbent Lou Allstadt, who was cross nominated by the Democrats at their caucus Jan. 28, and no one for the second position. Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, a Democrat, currently holds the second trustee position, and is running for re-election.

In addition to Allstadt, Katz and Tillapugh were nominated for re-election at the Democrat’s caucus.

“What’s important to me is that the same six people will be in place,” said Katz, when asked for his thoughts on the Republicans not running a full slate of candidates this year, expressing gratitude that the board would stay the same. “Everything that’s been going on in the last two years, in the general sense, is going to continue.”

Katz and the trustees aren’t assured of being unopposed yet.

Independents have until Feb. 11 to announce their candidacy for mayor or the board of trustees and present a petition of signatures to get on the ballot. The election is on March 18.