John F. O'Neill Iright) talks with other emergency medical officials — Steve Emerson of Warrensburg and Jean Coulard of Thurman in the area after lobbying the Thurman Town Board late last year for a contract with the Thurman ambulance squad. O'Neill, who serves on three area EMS agencies, is leading 34-27 in a Primary race held Thursday Aug. 13 for Stony Creek Town Board versus fellow candidate John Fieldstadt. Absentee ballots, to be tallied next week, will decide the race.
A majority of ballots cast in a Republican Primary election for the Stony Creek the town board were cast Thursday Sept 13 for John F. O'Neill, who received 34 votes, while competing candidate John Fieldstadt received 27.
The unofficial results reported Thursday at about 9:30 p.m. are subject to change after absentee ballots are counted next week.
O'Neill has an extensive record of public service in northern Warren County, as he serves on three area emergency responder agencies. O'Neill responds to medical emergencies for the EMS agencies in Thurman, Warrensburg, and his hometown of Stony Creek.
He also serves as vice president of the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Co. & Rescue Squad, and he is assistant captain of Thurman Emergency Medical Services.
Shortly after the results were publicized, O'Neill said he was pleased.
"I couldn't be happier - I'm excited about the level of support the results show," he said.
Whoever wins this Primary is to face at least one independent candidate in November. The election is for a one-year term because it is to fill the unexpired term of long-time board William Liebl resigned several months ago due to health reasons. Next fall, the same seat will be up again for election — for a four-year term.
O'Neill said after the initial Primary night cvote count that he's going to continue his campaigning.
"I'll be contacting Stony Creek residents, going door-to-door, listening to their ideas, particularly new ones about the town's future," he said.
O'Neill said that if he is indeed elected, one of his top priorities will be to expand local business opportunities.
He said he'd work to boost tourism as well as assist the development of tour-guide, fly-fishing and hunting-guide enterprises.
"I want to do what I can to encourage more business activity in Stony Creek," he said.
He also said he wants to work on finishing up a decade-old project to establish an extensive network of hiking and nature trails in town.
O'Neill is the son of John T. O'Neill, a talented country singer/guitarist who served the town as supervisor for about a quarter century until his death in 2003.
The younger O'Neill said shortly after seeing the election results that he was looking forward to working on behalf of townspeople -- if he is indeed the successful candidate.
"I want to gather ideas from town residents, determine what they're looking for, And then I'll use my resources to make what can happen, happen," he said.