For the first time in 22 years, the Seneca County Democratic Committee has a new chairperson.
At a Sept. 19 reorganizational meeting, Susan Ottenweller of Varick was elected as party chairwoman, defeating first vice-chairperson Susan Sauvageau of Seneca Falls in voting by committee members. Sauvageau was re-elected first vice-chairwoman, defeating a challenge from Gail Dalmat of Romulus.
Ottenweller succeeds longtime chairperson Ted Young. The former Waterloo mayor decided not to seek another term as county Democratic Party head. He said he will stay active within the party and remain town of Waterloo party chairman.
In a message to committee members seeking their support, Ottenweller told them her goals would be to:
• Help with the campaigns of 22 Democrats running for public office in the county this fall.
• Encourage more participation by Democrats and voters through community outreach and activities.
• Fill vacancies in committee seats.
• Identify how each committee member can contribute their best skills to the ongoing work of support for candidates on the local, state and federal levels.