by Carol Thompson
The two major political parties met Tuesday night to select candidates to be on the ballot for the race for Oswego County Clerk.
The Oswego County Republican Committee unanimously selected its party chairman, Michael Backus, as its candidate.
The Oswego County Democrat Committee selected former legislator Phillip Vasho as its candidate.
Republican party Vice Chairman David Fontecchio said Backus is the exact kind of leader Oswego County is looking for.
“Michael has led the County Republican committee for the past year with great success, but it is his leadership and public service credentials that I think make him such a strong candidate for county clerk,” he said.
Town of Mexico Republican Chairman Chuck Fortier said Backus knows the meaning of hard work, public service and what it means to be a part of the community.
“The Backus family is deeply rooted in this community and from their business background to community service, I know Michael is the kind of leader this county needs as clerk,” he said.
Backus said approximately 125 members of the county Republican committee were in attendance at the meeting held at Lombardo’s Bridie Manor in Oswego.
County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler said he was pleased with the turnout his committee had Tuesday evening at Democrat headquarters.
“We had every town committee represented,” Kunzwiler said, adding that the standing room-only meeting was very energized.
“Our people understand the severity of the clerk’s office and the goal is to return integrity and public accountability,” he said. “Phil has pledged to return transparency and to run the office with the honesty and integrity the public deserves.”