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Kirschnerville trucker plans run for Lewis Legislature seat


NEW BREMEN — A town of New Bremen log truck driver is hoping to bring a younger perspective to the Lewis County Board of Legislators.

“What can the county do to keep the younger families around here, besides all the public jobs?” Bryan D. Moser, Kirschnerville, said in announcing plans to run for the District 4 legislative seat.

The district encompasses the town of New Bremen.

Mr. Moser, a registered Republican who turns 48 today, likely will face off in a GOP primary against Thomas J. Schantz, a businessman and semiretired farmer from the Naumburg end of the town who has run for the seat on three previous occasions.

The current seatholder, octogenarian Legislator John O. Boyd, D-New Bremen, has indicated he might not run for a seventh two-year term but has yet to announce a decision.

Mr. Moser — who has two children, ages 14 and 12 — said he would bring the perspective of a working family to a board that now primarily includes retirees.

If elected, he said, he should be able to juggle work and legislative duties, particularly if his committee meetings were scheduled together.

“It shouldn’t be a problem,” Mr. Moser said, noting his trucking schedule would allow for a day or two off each month.

He also previously was a part-time corrections officer at the county jail in Lowville for two and a half years.

Mr. Moser said he was pleased to see the strong attendance at an informational session held a couple of months ago on the county’s proposed office building project on outer Stowe Street and said he has mixed emotions on the proposal.

The county needs more space, particularly for its dispatch center, but lawmakers should make sure the project is the best option before moving forward, he said.

He said he looks forward to talking with town residents over the next several months to listen to their concerns and suggestions about county government.

Mr. Moser coaches Little League baseball and is in his 12th year as a member of the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, in which he has served as president and vice president.

He also previously served on the board of directors at the American Maple Museum in Croghan.

Mr. Moser and his wife, Christine, and family live on Erie Canal Road.

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