November 1, 2013


3-way race for Legislature seat

Candidates running for Cuyler, Truxton, Solon post have sharp differences

Staff Reporter

A three-way race for county Legislative District 16 features a Democrat focused on team leadership, a Republican who cites his 40 years of public service and an Independence Party candidate who says he is tired of rubber stamp votes.
Democrat Alison King, Republican Jim Denkenberger and Independence Party candidate Rich Palmer are vying to represent the towns of Cuyler, Solon and Truxton for the next two years.
The three candidates differ greatly in their approach to government and the issues they support, with Palmer, a Mobile gas station owner supporting hydrofracking, King supporting a moratorium on hydrofracking, and Denkenberger thinking issues like that should go to a vote for the general public to decide.
Denkenberger, 69, is a retired surveyor and past owner of Denkenberger and Greene Land Surveyors; Palmer, 46, owns Arctic Insulation and AAD Wildlife Control; and King, 56, is a health policy consultant and retired from Proctor & Gamble.
King said she wants to continue work begun by the district’s current representative, Democrat Kathie Arnold, educating herself about issues facing the community and working with others to improve life in her district.
Palmer said he ran because he did not like seeing lack of discussion when the Legislature passed resolutions and he wants to change what he says is Cortland County’s lax attitude toward providing welfare benefits.
Denkenberger says his 40 years of public service on school, planning and village boards speaks for itself and positions him well to serve the public on the Legislature.
He wants to lower taxes by reducing governmental burdens on businesses and he also wants to increase transparency in government and get more input from constituents.
He wants young people to stay in Cortland County.
Palmer says he is honest and would listen to all sides of an issue and vote the way the majority of his constituents want him to vote.
King says she brings to the seat her scientific background and her ability to look at things analytically. She says she figures out problems by taking a close look at them and would want to increase jobs in Cortland County and address the problem of failing infrastructure like roads and bridges.
Denkenberger described himself as experienced and persistent and stressed the importance of listening to other viewpoints when disagreements arise.
King said she brings a team approach to the seat and believes in encouraging others to foster a collaborative environment on the Legislature. Palmer said he would listen to all sides of an issue to make the best decision for the community.
Palmer is from Clay and lives on Haights Gulf Road in Truxton with his wife, April. Denkenberger lives on Shackham Road in Truxton with his wife, Cindy, and has owned the property since 1967. King lives on Maybury Road in Solon and has lived in the county for 24 years, with her husband, Todd Miller.


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