CHENANGO COUNTY – While several towns have until Sept. 25 to caucus, so far only one of Chenango County’s 23 supervisors is being challenged for office in this election year.
Political newcomer and local chiropractor Dr. Scott M. Sutton filed an Independent Party petition last week to run against incumbent Democrat James J. McNeil for the City of Norwich’s Wards 1, 2 and 3. McNeil also filed an Independent Party petition, and after a drawing held at the Chenango County Board of Elections on Monday, his name will appear on the ballot after Sutton’s.
McNeil, a Norwich jeweler, would be competing for a fourth term as one of the county seat’s two supervisors. The city’s Ward 4, 5 and 6 Supervisor Linda E. Natoli will most likely run unopposed.
Sutton, who is a registered Republican, owns and operates Broad Street Chiropractic, 89 N. Broad St. in Norwich. He and his wife, Sharon (Pelosi), are Norwich natives and graduates of Norwich High School. He received his degree in 1996 from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. The couple returned to the area in 2004.
Sutton, who said he has always had an interest in county government, is a member of the City of Norwich Zoning Board of Appeals and the Parks Commission. He is also a trustee at the Broad Street United Methodist Church.