Broadwell to run unopposed for vacant legislature seat

by Carol Thompson

Oswego businessman Shane Broadwell will run unopposed for the Oswego County Legislature’s District 17 seat.

Broadwell, a Republican, will replace Mary Flett, who died August 17.

Broadwell’s name will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Due to the passing of the allowed time for petitioning, the Republican committee representing the district  selected a candidate.

Oswego County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler said there was not enough time for his committee to select a candidate.

Finding someone sincerely interested in serving the legislature and having such a short time to campaign for the seat made it difficult to find a candidate.

The minority caucus holds only five of the 25 seats in the legislature and that number will remain unchanged for next year.

The District 17 seat had long been held by a Democrat with Flett being the first Republican to serve in many years. Prior to Flett’s appointment, her seat was held by her brother, Leonard Ponzi, a Democrat.

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