THE COOPERSTOWN CRIER
Hydrofracking was in the minds of voters Tuesday as they cast their ballots in local elections that saw District 8 County RepresentativeJim Johnson lose his seat on the board to his anti-fracking candidate John Kosmer. Kosmer, a co-founder of Sustainable Otsego, defeatedJohnson by a margin of 631 to 543, according to unofficial election results.
Democrats also scored a major victory in District 7, where Beth Rosenthal, the Roseboom town clerk who also ran with Sustainable Otsego backing, defeated Republican Ray Holohan of Middlefield, 614 to 510, for the seat being vacated by Rep. Floyd “Sam” Dubben, the chairman of the county board.
In another hard-fought contest, for District 5, Republican Pauline Koren emerged with a victory over Democrat Barbara Monroe, who also had the Sustainable Otsego line, 827 to 698. That race was for the seat held by Rep. Steve Fournier, a Republican who did not seek re-election.
The anti-fracking sentiment also ran through town of Otsego elections where Republican incumbents Bill Michaels and John Schallert Jr. were defeated by Democrats Julie Huntsman and Bennett Sandler, who both strongly opposed hydrofracking. Huntsman receivedthe most votes with 792, Sandler garnered 706 followed by Michaels at 430 and Schallert with 414.
Running unopposed for town supervisor was town board member Anne Geddes-Atwell, who received 887 votes. The two justice positions were won by Leslie Friedman and Gary Kuch, who served as town supervisor in the 1990s. Both ran unopposed. Voters in the town of Hartwick elected a new supervisor as challenger and long-time board member David Butler defeated Pat Ryan, 380 to 206.
Republicans Kenneth Hotaling and Anita Briggs-Jones defeated Democrats Barbara Potter and Caren Kelsey in thefour-way race for town seats on the town board. Hotaling received 389 votes followed by Briggs-Jones at 351,Barbara Potter with 197 and Caren Kelsey with 176. Sarah McGuire ran unopposed for town clerk and received 401 votes.
There were no contested races for Middlefield town offices. Supervisor David Bliss, board members William Blanco and Alan Yerdon, clerk Beth Moakler and highway superintendent Timothy Dubben were all re-elected.
The only race in Cherry Valley was for town clerk between Laura Horvath and Mary Beth Flint, who was re-elected by a margin of 225 to 179.
Supervisor Tom Garretson was re-elected as were justice Fredy Herr, board members Mark Cornwell and Christopher Barown and highway superintendent Edward VanDerwerker.
In Milford, Chris Harmon unseated town supervisor Thomas Gale, 406-277. Town board seats were won by Barbara Snyder and Harold Crouse. Also running successfully were clerk KennethSosnowski, justice Carol Rumenapp, highway superintendent Richard Atwell and collector Timothy Knapp Sr. Daily Star reporter Joe Mahoney contributed to this story.