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Second Candidate Enters Race to Succeed Seward in District 51

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A second candidate has entered the race to fill State Senator James Seward’s soon-to-be vacant seat representing New York’s 51st Senate District.

Business owner and Otsego County Legislator Peter Oberacker (R) threw his name into consideration on Friday (January 31), joining Democrat Jim Barber, who’s also from Otsego County.

Declarations from both candidates come just weeks after Sen. Seward announced he would retire at the end of his current 17th term to focus more on his health, amid an ongoing battle with cancer.

“I look forward to meeting the people of this district and earning the nomination and going on to work hard to earn the votes and confidence of all the residents of the district,” Oberacker said.

Primary elections for NYS Senate are scheduled for June 23, with the filing deadline for candidates on April 2.

The general election will be held on November 3, 2020.

New York’s 51st State Senate District covers all of Schoharie, Otsego, and Cortland Counties, along with parts of Tompkins, Herkimer, Chenango, Cayuga, Delaware, and Ulster Counties.

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