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Two Cortland Candidates Join Field Vying for 125th District

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The race to succeed the soon-to-retire District 125 Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton is heating up, as two candidates from Cortland County have announced their intention to join three others from Tompkins County who did so last week.

In his official announcement this morning (February 10), Cortland County Legislator and Minority Leader Beau Harbin said he hopes to continue Lifton’s progressive legacy in the district, which encompasses most of Cortland and all of Tompkins Counties.


One of his competitors will be current Executive Director and CEO of Family & Children Counseling Services, Lisa Hoeschele.

She’ll formally launch her campaign at a special event planned for tomorrow morning (February 11) at 9:00 near the Veterans memorial inside Cortland’s Courthouse Park.

Harbin and Hoeschele now join three others who already put their coal in the fire last week: Dryden Town Supervisor Jason Leiffer, Ithaca City Councilman Seth Mertagh and Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles.

The coming elections will also require area voters to fill key vacancies left behind by Gary Finch in District 126 and James Seward in the 51st Senatorial District, both of whom also announced their retirements.

Lifton leaves the assembly after nine terms and Finch with ten, with Seward nearly doubling both with 17 terms.

Stay tuned with WXHC News for all your local coverage during election season.

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