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Assembly, state senate candidates converge on Cazenovia

William Magee was the first Assembly candidate of the night. Elected as an Assemblyman in 1990, Magee has had much experience in the political realm as a Democrat, and said he has many plans if re-elected. He is the chair of the Agriculture Committee and also supports lowering taxes for residents.

He concluded by stating his "record of service goes back a long way, and I want to continue".

Shawn Skeele followed Magee. Skeele will be running as a conservative. He has been endorsed by the Tea Party.

He described himself as a successful entrepreneur, and told voters there will be big changes ahead.

Skeele denounced career politicians and said, "I will pull up a few weeds in Albany, and plant seeds of common sense."

Skeele wants to collect taxes from the Oneida Indian Nation, believing they have been exempt for too long. Like the other candidates, he said he wants to lower taxes and decrease spending, while balancing the budget and getting it passed it on time.

Rick Bargabos was the final Assembly candidate to speak. A farmer and advocate for agriculture for the past 30 years, he has been a resident of Madison County all his life. Running as a Republican, Bargabos described himself as an "ambassador for agriculture" serving on the Farmland Protection Board.

Bargabos said he would like to improve the Legislative process and repair the growing tax problems if elected to the 111th Assembly District of New York State. While he acknowledges he will be working in Albany, he said he will actually be working for the public.

The forum lasted just under two hours, giving listeners and politicians the opportunity for informal discussion as the crowd slowly filed outside.

Every candidate looked satisfied and confident as they reminded voters of the Nov. 2 election day, and the donation tabs on their websites.

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