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January 31, 2013

Race for village seats may be uncontested

It appears for the second year in a row, the village will have uncontested races for three seats on the board of trustees in the annual March election.

During party caucuses Monday night, the Democrats nominated a full field of three candidates for the positions, but the Republicans were only able to cross-endorse Bruce Maxson, who will also appear as a Democratic candidate.

“We approached people, and we let it be known we were looking for people,” Republican caucus chairman Mike Trosset said. “The feedback I received was that because it has been so contentious lately, and this is such a small town, people were not interested in running.”

Last year, the Republicans didn’t nominate any candidates.

Maxson, 56, is a part-time public defender in the Otsego County Family Court division and has a private law practice. He is president of the Cooperstown Fire Department and was endorsed by all five of the Republican at the caucus. He is registered as an independent.

“He has excellent character,” said Republican Glenn Falk, who works with Maxson at the fire department and is the husband of trustee Cynthia Falk, who is not up for election this year. “I think he would be an awesome trustee, and I think he would do a great job for the village.”

The Republican caucus also heard from Lou Allstadt, a resident of 18 Main St. Allstadt, also an independent, was nominated by the Democratic caucus to run for an unexpired one-year term.

Although several members of the Republican caucus were willing to endorse Allstadt, he was not nominated by the caucus, which had already closed by the time he and Maxson arrived. Several Republicans said they would be open to nominating Allstadt in the future.

“I have only spoken to people about doing what we did during the caucus,” Trosset said. “I am not comfortable doing something I was not authorized to do.”

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