GENESEO —Wes Kennison has thrown a wrench into Will Wadsworth’s re-election campaign having announced a last-minute independent party write-in campaign of his own.
Kennison, who previously served as the Geneseo Town Supervisor from 2000-2007, lost to Wadsworth and two other candidates in a messy 4-way race in 2007. Wadsworth vs Kennison has become one of the more prominent political rivalries in regional politics we know.
“In the last two elections, the democrats have not nominated any candidate to run against [Wadsworth],” said Kennison, who at different times has previously been registered both Republican and Democrat. “That’s largely what inspires me to do this. I think the caucus system in Geneseo is badly broken…badly broken.”
Kennison will be running as an independent write-in and will ramp up his political machine in an effort to achieve what would be an upset for the history books. Kennison stated he will be going door-to-door while trying to speak with as many community members as possible on his candidacy. He feels he has a chance to win.
“Times are changing if you look at national trend and look at the of people who are not so happy with either political party,” said Kennison. That’s not a secret and Geneseo is no different. Older machines made [write-in campaigns] difficult but now you get a piece of paper and pencil and you can just write down it down. When people walk in to vote they are free to choose.”
Kennison is running on the platform that the Wadsworth administration has achieved little in its time in power, and that its biggest achievement has been the restoration of the Wadsworth Wall, an APOG project to restore hundreds of yards of a wall that encompasses a property the Wadsworth Homestead.
“I’ve made no secrets that I have deep differences with the Wadsworth administration and the priorities of his government,” said Kennison.