The local election is taking shape as the Cortland County Republican and Democratic parties have endorsed candidates for office.
In the City of Cortland, there is a race for the 7th ward city council seat after democrats endorsed incumbent Linda Ferguson and Republicans endorsed Adam Megivern. Megivern is the director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership.
Democratic committee city chair Trish Hansen believes it’s a conflict of interest for Megivern to hold office as the city provides funding for the partnership. Megivern says it’s a small town and the potential conflict is minimal. If elected he pledged to abstain from voting on any issues related to the partnership.
In the 5th ward, Republican incumbent Cliff Dutcher faces a challenge after democrats endorsed former Cortland Police Officer Bill Carpenter to run.
There could be a democratic primary in the 2nd ward after Cortland business owner Tom Terwilliger announced today that he is running for the seat currently held by democrat Katie Silliman, Silliman’s election plans are unknown.
At the county level, the democratic party has endorsed all their incumbent legislators with the exception of incumbent Amy Cobb and the republicans have backed all their incumbents with the exception of 5th district lawmaker Luke Snyder who is not seeking reelection and 11th district lawmaker Susan Briggs who did not seek her parties endorsement.
Democrats have previously endorsed Mark Helms for Sheriff with the Republicans endorsing Herb Barnhart.