This is your district if you live in

Parts of Cayuga County ✮ Cortland County ✮ Parts of Chenango County ✮ Parts of Delaware County ✮ Parts of Herkimer County ✮ Otsego County ✮ Schoharie County ✮ Parts of Ulster County ✮

In Cayuga County, the towns of Locke, Moravia, Niles, Owasco, Sempronious, and Summerhill are included in the 51st State Senate District.

In Chenango County, the district includes the towns of Columbus, Lincklaen, Otselic, Pharsalia, Pitcher, Plymouth, New Berlin, North Norwich, Smyrna, and Sherburne.

In Delaware County, the 51st State Senate includes Andes, Bovina, Davenport, Franklin, Harpersfield, Kortright, Meredith, Middletown, Roxbury, Sidney and Stamford.

In Herkimer County, the district includes Columbia, Danube, Frankfort, German Flatts, Herkimer, Litchfield, Little Falls, Newport, Norway, Schuyler, Stark Warren and Winfield.

In Tompkins County, the towns of Caroline, Danby, Dryden, and Groton are included in the district.

In Ulster County, the district includes Hardenburgh, Olive, Rochester, and Shandaken.

Voter Snapshot
Voter Registration as of February 1, 2020
Meet the Candidates
Jim Barber (D)
Jim Barber


Age: 63

Family Life: Barber is the fifth generation of a six-generation family farm in Schoharie County that he runs with his wife Cindy, son and nieces and nephews. He says the farm has been a fixture in the area for 150 years.

His only previous elected office was for Middleburgh Central School Board.

In the community Barbaer has served as New York State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Co-Founder and President of NY Farms, President of the New York State Vegetable Growers Association, New York Farm Bureau, county President and State Director, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advisory Committee, Middleburgh Central School Board of Education, Schoharie Valley Association, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, Schoharie County Farm Bureau, president and board member, Agriculture Advisory Committee for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie County, and I Coached several teams of students of Middleburgh Central School through the Odyssey of the Mind program, one team advancing to World Competition.


Why Vote For Barber?

My top priority is to fix our broken tax system. Big corporations and Wall Street traders must pay their fair share so that we stop over burdening property owners, retirees, small businesses and farms. Property taxes are inherently unfair and have no relationship to the income of the taxpayer or resources with which to pay. That’s why as Senator, I will fight for a fairer tax system and against unfunded mandates that burden our local taxpayers and raise property taxes.

I also want to make sure that we are creating the conditions to grow our rural economies and create jobs through infrastructure like broadband and cell service, a fully funded public school system, sustainable rural health care, and decent wages for working people. That includes building a green energy economy that helps our small towns and rural communities by allowing municipalities to become local power authorities and keep the money generated from clean energy circulating in the community.

Peter Oberacker (R, C, I)


Age: 57

Family Life: Married to his childhood sweetheart, Shannon, two children and one grandchild.

Owns Form Tech Solutions, a company based in incorporating, innovating and researching blends and products for the food industry.

He is in his third term as an Otsego County Legislator.

Previous elected offices include Town of Maryland Supervisor and a member of the town council.

He is also a member of the Schenevus Fire Department and EMS Squad.


Why Vote For Oberacker?

If I am elected I will:

  • • Repeal the dangerous bail reform
  • • Lower the tax burden
  • • Support our first responders
  • • Improve public safety
  • • Protectour farms
  • • Help small businesses
  • • Protect our 2nd Amendment
  • • Put the economy back on track
  • • Bring broadband to rural New York

Timothy O'Connor (LBT)
Timothy O'Connor


Age: 53

Family Life: O'Connor has 3 children.

O'Connor graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Economics. He is a construction contractor and has been coaching kids in soccer, basketball, and baseball all of his adult life. He's a lifetime resident of Central New York, living in the 51st Senate District most of his life.

He is an Otsego County Libertarian Party member, trustee, treasurer, and interim temporary chair. O'Connor is the current office Libertarian Party Rep JD 6.

Fundraises for the Family Service Association in Oneonta, a local charity funded by local people.


Why Vote For O'Connor?

Upstate NY is in an economic Crisis that we have been ignoring for too long.

Legalization of Cannibis and Hemp at least enter the race to be a lead producer. NY is embarrassingly behind the times. Legalization is going to happen. I will fight for said legalization to be the type that benefits smaller farmers with the flexible production of a readily saleable cash crop. All too often NYS participates in crony capitalism for tax revenue and virtue. Open markets to benefit small farmers is a much better route.

End top-down governance and teach counties and local municipalities that they actually do have the power to reject unfunded mandates forced on them by an uncaring top-heavy government.

Relegislate our understanding of nuclear power, Rewriting our nuclear codes with Nuclear Scientists and develop a plan for installing Gen 4 nuclear power, offering cleaner power, localized electric grids and nearly carbon free production.

Taxes are too high, Regulation too oppressive and every time we turn around the government is taking our property rights and threatening to put their boot on our neck.

NY needs to legalize freedom!! All of your rights all of the time.

Election History

James Seward (R, C) currently holds the seat for the 51st State Senate district. He has served in the state senate since 1986. Seward announced he is retiring, leaving the seat open for the winner of the 2020 election.