Joan Nicols has accepted the nomination by Cooperstown Democrats to run for a three-year position on the Cooperstown Board of Trustees.
Nicols replaces Richard Abbate, who was nominated by the Democratic caucus on Jan. 29. Abbate said he would only run if another candidate for the position could not be found.
Nicols is the mother of retired Cooperstown Chief of Police Diana Nicols diLorenzo and wife of former County Democratic Chairman Hank Nicols.
Although she has been less visible, she is no less a social and community activist.
In the mid-1980’s Nicols was the first female member to join the Cooperstown Emergency Squad. She has been active as an early supporter of AIDS patients and struggled with AIDS since before AIDS was a word. Her son Henry was also famous as an AIDS advocate before his death in 2000.
Nicols has been active in Scouts as an Explorer leader and has lead groups of Cooperstown youths backpacking into the Grand Canyon. She was the brains behind the founding of the successful Bear Pond Winery and managed it until its sale in 2005.
Joan is the team leader of Transfusion and Tissue services in the Clinical Laboratory at Bassett Medical Center, where she is a registered medical technologist. She is the mother of Dr. Jennifer Nicols Curtis, a professor at SUNY Cortland.
“I never imagined myself as a trustee or even running for office but I think that this is my time,” Nicols said in a media release. “I love this community. Cooperstown has done so much for my family and myself. I think it is my turn to give back. I am transitioning towards retirement and I have the time and the energy to be on the board.
“I look forward to hearing from the village residents about their needs and desires for our community,” she continued. “I am a really good listener. I will do my best to represent my friends and neighbors in Cooperstown.”