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GLOVERSVILLE — Fulton County’s big local election year for 2017 will be heating up soon with newly-declared candidates and political events.

Over 75 political offices expire this year, and elected offices are up for grabs throughout the county.

Mayors will be elected this fall in the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown.

In Gloversville, two candidates have already emerged. Incumbent Mayor Dayton King said through social media he will officially announce he is seeking a third, four-year term at an event Saturday. City firefighter Bill Rowback announced his Republican and independent run for Gloversville mayor Feb. 8.

But the local Democratic Party says it also has a potential male candidate waiting in the wings to run for Gloversville mayor.

“It’s up to the individual to announce his intentions,” Fulton County Democratic Committee Chairman Ed Jasewicz said Tuesday.

Jasewicz said no potential Democratic candidates have emerged yet for Johnstown mayor. The incumbent — Republican Vern Jackson — hasn’t announced yet whether he will seek the four-year term.

In addition to the cities’ mayoral races, Fulton County’s open seats in 2017 will include city water board members, Johnstown treasurer, county clerk, county treasurer and all supervisors in both cities.

Across the county, most of the supervisor positions for the 10 towns expire next year. Exceptions are in the towns of Johnstown, Mayfield and Perth, where supervisor positions are not on the ballot. Numerous councilmen, town clerk, tax collector, town justice and highway superintendent posts throughout the county expire in 2017.

Jasewicz said the Fulton County Democratic Committee is also looking at other potential candidates.

“We do have quite a few local people,” he said.

He said the local Democratic Party plans to have a summer picnic in August, and a breakfast or dinner sometime after that.

Fulton County Republican Chairwoman Sue McNeil said Tuesday that the Fulton County Republican Chairman’s Club Dinner is set for April 24 at the Raindancer Restaurant in Perth. She said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro —representing Fulton County in the 21st Congressional District — will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers will include immigrant Arcadio Casillo, state Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, and state Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport.

“We’ve got a Republican Meet the Candidates Night in May,” McNeil added.

She said no date has been set for that event.

McNeil said the local GOP hasn’t endorsed any candidates yet. She said those determinations will start with the Gloversville and Johnstown city Republican committees. She didn’t mention any other potential mayoral Republican candidates that may emerge, other than Rowback in Gloversville and Jackson in Johnstown.

Major party candidates will have from July 10-13 to officially file petitions with the Fulton County Board of Elections. Independent candidates have from Aug. 15-22.

The Primary Election is Sept. 12, with the General Election on Nov. 7.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at

By Patricia Older

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