The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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October 31, 2012

Libertarian seeks District 139 seat

Medina Journal-Register — When Orleans County residents head to the polls Tuesday there will be plenty of choices on the ballot for high-profile races, with six tickets on the Presidential line and five names on the U.S. Senate line.

Far fewer options are available when it comes to local and state offices. Every town and countywide race is uncontested. Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, whose district will include the Town of Shelby, faces no opposition.

But there are decisions when it comes to the other two representatives Orleans County will send to Albany. State Sen. George Maziarz, a Newfane Republican, faces Lewiston Democrat Amy Hope Witryol and Lockport Green Jonathon Benedict. Assemblyman Steve Hawley, a Batavia Republican, also faces a challenger — Hamlin Libertarian Mark Glogowski.

Glogowski, 69, worked in Kodak’s research labs for more than 30 years and received bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in chemistry.

“I’ve worked in a broad spectrum of technology,” said Glogowski, who ran a refuse conversion company after leaving Kodak that made products like a replacement for compost that locks nutrients in place and holds more water.

He served as a town leader in the Hamlin GOP in the 1980s and contested a 1996 primary for a seat on the Hamlin Town Council but lost to a Democrat backed by local Republicans. Glogowski said he lost faith with his party following the GOP’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks; he changed his registration from Republican to Libertarian in 2009.

“I realized I did not like their approach to government,” said Glogowski, citing the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. “They’re more intrusive on people’s everyday lives.”

Glogowski, who authored the 2011 book “The Political Primer: Fundamentals of Politics,” said he sees four competing world views on governance that can be determined by two questions — who is ultimately responsible for your welfare, governments or the individual; and who do you trust to make decisions, governments or the individual.

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