After Former Fair Director Peter Cappuccilli dropped out of the race for the 25th Congressional seat, vacated by Jim Walsh, due to health issues,it was unclear who the next Republican candidate would be.
This morning, surrounded by neighbors, friends and relatives, Dale Sweetland, the former Onondaga County Legislature chairman, officially announced that he will run as a Republican candidate for the 25th Congressional District seat.
Sweetland, 59, served in the county legislature from 1994 to 2007. He made his announcement during a 10 a.m. news conference at his home in Fabius.
Marcellus Mayor Mike Plochocki, Fabius county legislator Bob DeMore and Linda Meyers, 67, of Fabius were among the group.
Sweetland, a farmer, thinks he will get the support of farm families in the district.
Sweetland is one of five Republicans that have sent the Onondaga County Republican Committee a notice stating he will seek the party's endorsement. The others are Assembly Deputy Minority Leader Bob Oaks of Wayne County, David Gay of Syracuse, who was the local coordinator for Ron Paul's presidential campaign, Mark-Paul Serafin, a Manlius village trustee and Ryan McMahon of the Syracuse Common Council.