Cortland County Democrats Back Barber for District 51

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Democrat Jim Barber received two more endorsements for the party nomination in a race to succeed retiring Republican James Seward in New York’s 51st Senate District.

Announcing their support yesterday (February 25) for Barber were the Cortland and Cayuga County Democratic Committees.

He’s also been backed by Homer Mayor Hal McCabe, along several other Democratic committees in the district and both current and former elected officials.


Earlier this month, Seward put his support behind Otsego County Legislator and business owner, Peter Oberacker, saying he “has the experience and vision to serve the people of the 51st Senate District.”

While there’s still time for more candidates to enter the race, at this point Oberacker (R) and Barber (D) appear to be the front-runners for the ballot come November.

Seward announced in January that he wouldn’t seek reelection at the end of his current 17th term in office, accumulating 34 years of service before stepping down to better manage his cancer diagnosis.

A total of eight NYS Senate Republicans have said they won’t pursue reelection in the coming 2020 elections, with the Democrats already holding a 40-23 majority.

New York’s 51st Senate District includes all of Cortland, Otsego and Schoharie counties, as well as parts of Tompkins, Chenango, Cayuga, Herkimer, Delaware and Ulster counties.

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