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Introducing Doug Blumer, Elbridge Town Councilor

George Betts, a town of Elbridge councilor of seven years, was sworn in as Elbridge Town Justice Wednesday Nov. 5.

So how does it feel, George?

"I will let you know more after Monday night, I'll have my first docket - I have 60 cases so far," Betts said. "I look forward to the new challenges, I look forward to the new things I'll be learning. We'll see how it goes."

To fill the vacancy left by Betts, Doug Blumer was appointed town of Elbridge councilor.

Blumer lives with his wife, Kelly, on Lawrence Street in the village of Jordan. A lifelong resident of the town, Blumer owns and operates Blume Again Dairy with his two brothers.

Blumer was on the town's planning board for two years before resigning to accept the position of councilor. He will go up for election in Dec. 31 when the term expires.

Eagle Observer: What led you to run for town councilor?

Doug Blumer: I had intended on further pursuing my political career within the town of Elbridge after completing my term on the planning board. With George Betts's seat becoming vacant ... and with my interest in local government and participation in town board meetings, I was asked if I would consider fulfilling the vacant seat for the remainder of its term.

EO: What attracted you to the position?

DB: I believe very strongly in participating in local government, whether it's through taking an active role as a constituent or running for an elected position. This belief was instilled into me as a young kid from when my grandfather was a supervisor for the town of Cato and from my dad bringing me to meetings right here in the town of Elbridge. Both my father and grandfather taught me the importance of participating in government and how it affects not only your own family and lifestyle but that of all of your community residents.

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