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Democrat to run for Otsego county clerk

The race is nearly a year away, but a Cooperstown Democrat has announced his candidacy for Otsego County Clerk.

MacGuire Benton, a Cooperstown village trustee and former deputy elections commissioner, made the announcement in a media release Monday.

“I’m excited to announce my candidacy for Otsego County clerk. As clerk, I’ll deliver efficient, high quality services to the residents of Otsego County,” he said. “As we begin this campaign, I’m eager to hear from people about how the clerk’s office and the department of motor vehicles can better serve them.

“From reopening a DMV office in Oneonta to innovative ways to use technology to improve efficiency and access, I will show how effective local government can be at getting things done for people,” he said.

Benton said his background “is in local government, business development and customer service,” and “I have the right combination of skills and experience needed to do the job. I’ll bring fresh new leadership to the office with a commitment to work for the people of Otsego County.

“I look forward to spending the next year making my case to voters that I’m the right person to lead the clerk’s office,” he said.

The clerk’s office is currently occupied by Kathy Sinnott Gardner, a Republican who has not announced her plans for next year’s election.

The office of county clerk will appear on the November 2023 general election ballot.

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