by Randy Pellis
Update: Mayor Woodward has informed Oswego County Today that Ethan does have occupancy in the city limits. We have reached out to Mr. Parhurst for his statement.
FULTON, March 27, 2019 — Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward said today he
will not seek another term for mayor this November.
“I got elected in 1982 as a councilman, and I’ve been here in the city in one
position or another ’til now,” he said. “When this year’s up, it’ll be 12 years in the
mayor’s office this term. I was 4 years the executive assistant to the last mayor,
plus I was 14 years on the council and 2 years as mayor in ’86 and ’87.
“So, I want to go out on a good note. I’ve never lost. I think the city’s in
pretty good shape now, and I think it’s time to turn it over to someone new.”
On a personal note, he said, “I’m 70 years old, and my family thinks it’s
probably time I spent some time with them. We’d like to travel and do a few things
together. It takes a lot of time, this job does, if you do it right.
“I’m proud of the years I’ve served, and I’m very thankful to the Fulton
public for putting their trust in me all these years, and I think it’s time.”
That doesn’t mean he’s ruling out any political future.
“Never say never,” he said. “You never know. I never close doors. That can
come back to haunt you.”
As a result of his announcement, Woodward does not expect there will be a
Republican primary for mayor this year. He discounted the announced candidacy
of Republican Ethan Parkhurst as basically illegal, claiming Parkhurst is not a
resident of Fulton and, therefore, cannot run for mayor. Woodward also
emphasized he absolutely has not endorsed Parkhurst.
Woodward looked back on his time as mayor as a string of successful
accomplishments leading him to feel this was a good time to turn the mayor’s
office over to someone else.
“Some of the big issues we wanted done are done,” he said, “like getting the
Nestle building down, getting North Bay and its campground, which was in
Granby, into the city of Fulton, that’s done, getting a dredge to clean the lake up,
we own our own dredge now. Another issue we had was getting the sewage
treatment plant, when it was built many, many years ago, was built in the town of
Granby and we were paying $160,000 a year in taxes, we annexed that into Fulton,
so that’s done. We’re not paying that anymore. It’s time for somebody else to step
up now and see what they can do.”
Woodward will serve until Dec. 31, but until then, he will remain an active
“I’m not going to be a lame duck mayor,” he said. “Whatever’s been going on
in Fulton that’s good for it, I’m going to keep doing it right ’til the last day.”