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Spafford Democrats pick town board candidates

— Spafford Democrats held a caucus on Sept. 10 at Borodino Hall to select candidates for town offices in the Nov. 8 general election.

John Hinchcliff, from Spafford Landing, was elected caucus chair and Mary Bean, from Becker Road, was elected secretary.

Chris Fesko, of Woodworth Road, was nominated to be the Democratic candidate to fill the unexpired term (26 months) of her late husband, Rick Fesko, who died unexpectedly in May.

Kathy Bragg-Adams, of Bacon Hill Road, a member of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals for several years, was nominated for one of the four-year seats as a member of the town board, and Louis Hanlon, of Tracy Drive, was nominated for the other seat.

Words of appreciation were expressed to Merrill Clark, of the hamlet of Spafford, for his long service to the town, most recently as a member of the town board whose term expires Dec. 31.

The Spafford Democratic Committee met on Sept. 18 to make plans for promoting the candidacies of their three candidates for the town board and the candidacy of Toby Shelley to be county legislator for the new 6th County Legislative District, which includes Spafford.

On Sept. 24, Jim O’Connell from Shady Bend and Kathy Bragg-Adams served as delegates to the 5th Judicial District Convention in Syracuse, where they represented that portion of the 129th Assembly District which includes four towns in Onondaga County.

They joined with 88 other Democratic delegates from Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga Counties in nominating for four open seats on the Supreme Court (New York’s trial level civil court in each county): Judge Charles Merrill of Lewis County, County Legislator Tom Buckel and attorney David Magnarelli, of Onondaga County, and attorney Patrick MacRae of western Oneida County.

Delegates were optimistic as to the chances of their candidates to be elected to the court since Judge Merrill has been endorsed by the Conservative Party and only one of the four Republican candidates has been endorsed by the Conservative Party. The judicial convention lasted longer than usual—around two hours—but everyone seemed to be optimistic as to success the polls and in view of the caliber of these four candidates.

The Spafford Democratic Committee will host a Neighborhood Gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Lourdes Camp for the community to meet its three town board candidates. All community member are invited to attend.

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