NORWICH – It’s not too early to begin feeling out the political landscape in Chenango County as June 7 marks the day when designating petitions for government positions will be made available for circulation and town caucuses may be convened.
All 23 county supervisors and most offices at the town and City of Norwich are up for election come November. Only one supervisor, Town of Afton’s Robert Briggs, has thus far announced his decision not to run again. With the exception of political newcomers representing Bainbridge, Columbus, Guilford and Sherburne, most supervisors have been in office for several two-year terms.
Republican Scott M. Sutton of Norwich, who has twice taken on incumbent Democrat James J. McNeil for City of Norwich Wards I, 2, and 3 supervisor, said he was not ready to announce whether or not he will run again. In 2009, Sutton lost by a count of 310 votes to McNeil’s 460.