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Schuyler legislature appoints new member

SCHUYLER COUNTY—A Schuyler County coroner and Republic party chairperson is now taking a more direct approach in area politics.
Philip Barnes was appointed to fill Paul Marcellus’ Schuyler County Legislative seat, Wednesday, June 30 in a special meeting.  He said that he was approached three weeks ago by politicians from town up to county level to fill the seat.  He is now also looking to run for the seat later this year, facing the Republican primary in September.
Barnes said he is looking to run on both the Conservative and Republican tickets, as well as an independent party he calls the Listening Party.
“Listening is the most important thing I can do,” he said.
By accepting the legislative seat, Barnes must give up being a county coroner.  In addition to being the county Republican party chair, Barnes is also currently the head of security at Watkins Glen International.  He also served as Schuyler’s under sheriff for 11 years, retiring in 2000.  Before that, Barnes said he started in the sheriff’s department in 1973, filling many roles over the years.
Barnes is also a graduate of Penn Yan Academy, growing up in Yates County.
Barnes added the legislature needs more younger people involved, and that he is now the youngest on the board and also retired for 10 years.  He said he started in politics as the Republican chair, because he wanted to get involved.
“I had the attitude back then I could sit back and be part of the problem, or make changes,” he said.  Barnes added to do that, he has helped raise funds to support politicians.  He explained he hasn’t been this involved in politics previously because he was too busy. 

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