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March 21, 2013

Allstadt, Maxon, Nicols elected trustees

There weren’t any surprises in the Cooperstown village trustee elections on Tuesday.

Bruce Maxon and Joan Nicols were elected to full terms and Lou Allstadt was elected to finish an unexpired term for one year.  

“None of the candidates were opposed this year,” said Otsego County Democratic Chairman Richard Abbate, “but I don’t think it has to do with any problem in the Democratic Party. I think it has to do with the quality of the candidates.”

One hundred people voted in the election, including 14 by absentee ballots. Maxon got the most votes with 90. He received 65 votes on the Democratic line and 25 on the Republican line. Nicols received 86 votes, 69 on the Democratic line and 17 on the Many Voices line. Allstadt received 84 votes, 61 on the Democratic line and 23 on the Many Voices line.

Maxon and Nicols are replacing Lynne Mebust and Walter Franck. Allstadt will finish Frank Cappoza’s term.

“It is a strange situation that brought us all here,” Allstadt said of the unopposed election and last-minute efforts to get he and Nicols to run. “In a way, maybe the new trustees are freed up by the way the situation unfolded to do what is best for the village.”

Added Nicols, “I look forward to working with the board. It will be nice to work with such a nice group of people.” 

Maxon was unavailable for comment.

In other local elections:

Ray Patrick was re-elected and Fran Hazelton was elected to the Richfield Springs board of trustees. Patrick, who is also deputy mayor, and Hazelton each got 49 votes. Hazelton replaces John O’Connor who had been on the board since 1990.

In Cherry Valley, Kevin Flint was re-elected mayor and Louis Guido Jr. was re-elected as a trustee. Each got 41 votes.

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