For the first time since 2011, the village of Cooperstown will have a competitive election as local Republicans nominated John Sansevere as a candidate for the Board of Trustees.
On Jan. 21, in a meeting at 22 Main St., the Democratic caucus nominated trustees Jim Dean and Cindy Falk to run for reelection.
The Democrats are finishing up their first terms as trustees. They ran unopposed in 2012.
On Tuesday, in the same village meeting room, the GOP nominated Sansevere, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals who has lived in Cooperstown for about 30 years. A former employee of J.P. Morgan, he works as a bus driver for Birnie Bus.
“We need some fresh blood,” Sansevere said. “Common sense, that’s my campaign.”
Sansevere said that he is not opposed to paid parking, and that he believes it is here to stay.
Sansevere will also be the first Republican candidate for a village office since 2011. The GOP has cross-endorsed trustee Lou Allstadt, but Allstadt is an independent.
Falk, a professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, said she is running for reelection because she feels that much of the work she has done for the village is unfinished.
“It seems like we are in the middle of things,” she said. “It would be nice to see it through.”
As head of the streets committee, and the main grant writer for the village, Falk said she wants to help complete several big projects in the village, including the Main Street project, the restoration of the village building at 22 Main St. and a project to bring solar energy to Cooperstown.
Dean, a woodworker who first ran for the board in 1978, said that it was not an unfinished project that caused him to run for reelection, but a general feeling that he is part of a group of trustees that has made the positive future of the village a priority.
“I enjoy being part of the process,” he said. “I think we have such a good group of people. We seem to be focused on what is best for the village of Cooperstown.
“That’s what democracy is about,” he continued. “Every day people getting involved to have control of their own lives.”
The top two vote getters will be elected to the seats, which have three-year terms.
The village election will be held Wednesday, March 18.