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Madison County Democrats meet in Caz, elect officers, hear Lamb

— At its biennial re-organization meeting on Sept. 19 in Cazenovia, the Madison County Democratic Committee elected officers for the next two years.

Michael Oot of the town of Stockbridge was elected chair. Also chosen were two vice-chairs: Liz Moran of Cazenovia and Bill Donnelly of the town of Eaton as well as the treasurer, Clara Lantz of Hamilton.

Upon assuming office, Oot announced the following appointments: Gwen Cary (Oneida) as secretary, Ann Jones (Nelson) as chair of the fund-raising committee, and Wanda Warren Berry (Hamilton) as chair of the publicity and website committee. Later in the meeting regional vice-chairs were chosen: they include Nancy McMaster (DeRuyter), Ed Sitts (Madison) and Jasmine Smith (Oneida).

The guest speaker was Dan Lamb, candidate to represent the new 22nd Congressional District, which includes all of Madison County along with other counties ranging north from Binghamton to include Utica as well as much of Oswego County.

Lamb said that voters here have a clear choice this year. He asserted that his opponent, the incumbent representative for the old district that included part of the new CD 22, shares responsibility for the current Congress’ failure to complete its work and for leaving the country facing a fiscal cliff.

More specifically, Lamb noted that this Congress has not re-authorized the Farm Bill, jeopardizing not only the dairy industry but also important nutritional programs.

He also challenged Congress’ failure to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act, which has reduced domestic violence by 50 percent.

Lamb claimed that his opponent shares responsibility for this dysfunctional Congress in that he voted mostly with the majority, which passed the budget, moving in the direction of privatizing Medicare and toward a tax policy that reduces taxes for the 1 percent who are at the top economically.

He urged his audience to recognize that the United States is best when we come together to find constructive solutions through cooperation, getting beyond partisan obstructionism.

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