FULTON — Longtime Fulton-area resident and Fulton City School District Board of Education veteran David Carvey has announced he is running for a seat on the Oswego County Legislature.
Carvey, 49, is seeking to run on the Republican Party ballot line to represent the Legislature’s district 24, currently occupied by Legislator Dan Farfaglia, D-Fulton. Farfaglia earlier this year announced he would not seek re-election after four two-year terms as a legislator to instead seek the Fulton mayor’s office.
District 24 will be contested during this year’s Primary elections on June 25, with Carvey joining Marc Greco seeking the Republican party line.
Having lived in the area for 23 years, Carvey said he wants to give back to the community him and his family grew up in.
“If we take pride in our community, we should give back and try to make it a better place,” Carvey said, noting he, his wife and two children are all graduates from G. Ray Bodley High School.
Aside from his day job as a manager at Baldwinsville-based trucking company Gypsum Express, Carvey spends his time volunteering with the Granby Parent Teacher Group, Fulton Youth Soccer and Fulton Sports Boosters. He also served on the Fulton City School District (FCSD) Board of Education for six years.
“I hope that by giving my time and energy to these groups I have been able to give back to my community,” he said. “I thought I could do more and that’s why I am running for the county Legislature.
Carvey said poverty is an issue that concerns him “greatly,” pointing to his time as a Board of Education member as exposure to the “county-wide” problem.
As a part of FCSD’s board, Carvey said he was the district’s representative in the Oswego County School Board Association.
“There we worked to bring stakeholders together to identify and discuss plans to address some of the causes of poverty in our county,” Carvey said, listing initiatives such as free student breakfast and lunch programs and physical and mental health services as programs the county has approached. “These programs should be supported and expanded where possible to provide more services and reach more people in our county.”
Further, Carvey said the county should reach out to neighboring localities for potential partnerships.
“I think our county should be reaching out to other counties to see what programs and successes they are having and try to replicate or partner with them here in Oswego County,” he said.
On the subject of the upcoming Primary election, Carvey said he hoped overall for good representation for the citizens of the 24th district.
“My only hope is that whomever is elected to represent our district has the same drive and passion that I do to work hard to improve the quality of life for the residents of our district and the county as a whole,” Carvey said.
Primary elections in New York state are June 25. Election Day is Nov. 5.