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Naumburg man waging write-in campaign for Lewis District 4 seat

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NAUMBURG — A businessman and semiretired farmer here has decided to wage a write-in campaign for the District 4 seat on the Lewis County Legislature after being knocked off the ballot in last month’s primaries.

“I don’t do something, then give up later,” said Thomas J. Schantz, a registered Republican, noting he has been involved in a few endeavors and organizations for upwards of 40 years.

Bryan D. Moser, a log truck driver from Kirschnerville, defeated Mr. Schantz 127-35 in last month’s GOP primary, while the two men tied 1-1 in a Conservative primary.

State Conservative Party officials then decided not to award their line to either candidate in November, effectively eliminating the Naumburg resident from the general election ballot.

The two are running to replace 12-year Legislator John O. Boyd, D-New Bremen, who has decided not to run for re-election in the district encompassing the town of New Bremen.

Mr. Schantz, who runs a television shop from his Van Amber Road residence, helps his son Andrew operate the family farm and ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Boyd in a couple of past elections, admitted that winning the race as a write-in candidate may be a bit of a long shot.

However, he said, a number of town residents have told him they didn’t or were not able to vote in the primaries but would support him in November, and others have said they did not even realize that he was off the general election ballot.

Mr. Schantz said he didn’t feel as if a portion of the Republicans in his town “should let some guy just walk in” to the legislative seat without some competition.

He added that about 150 people signed his nominating petitions and he hopes that many would support him in his write-in bid.

Mr. Schantz said he believes the county can afford to move forward with either emergency radio system upgrades or the proposed office building project, but not both.

He is a longtime board member of the Northern New York Farmers Marketing Co-op Inc. and a member of the Lowville Elks Lodge and Castorland Fire Department. He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 36 years.

Anyone wishing to cast a write-in vote must simply write a person’s name on the ballot at the bottom of the column for that particular position.

Residents must be careful to put the name in the correct column and make sure that it is enough of an identifier to clearly show the voter’s intent, according to county election officials.

Since there are only a few Schantzes in the town of New Bremen and no others have a name beginning with the letter “T,” officials said a variety of names would be acceptable for those wishing to vote for Mr. Schantz. They would include Thomas Schantz, Tom Schantz, Thomas J. Schantz, Tom J. Schantz, T.J. Schantz or even T. Schantz.

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