My name is Daniel William Casler and I am running for a position in the Herkimer County Legislature for District 14, including the towns of Danube, Little Falls, and Stark.
I am a self-employed businessman for over 25 years operating Casler Farms, a ninth generation family farm. The farm consists of over 650 acres used primarily to grow feed for my own herd of 120 head of dairy cattle, and I also sell hay. I am not afraid to change from my previous way of doing business; in 2006 I transitioned my entire farm to the Organic Model, and have been USDA Certified “organic” since then.
I am also very active in my community and currently serve on the Little Falls CSD Board of Education, which I have done for the past 15 years. I have served in the roll of Vice President of the Board for several years as well. I have coached youth wrestling in Little Falls for almost 20 years, and have served as a volunteer assistant coach at the varsity level for both Wrestling and Track & Field.
In regards to my profession, I am also currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Farms as a state representative for New York State, a position I have held since 1994.
I have also helped spearhead and form the Institute for Rural America, a 501c-3 Organization based in Ames, IA. I have been serving on that Board of Directors since its Inception in late 1996.
I have also served on the Board of the St. Pauls Unitarian – Universalist Church, and was instrumental in the beginning of the Community Garden in 2005 which is on the church grounds, and still very much thriving today. The food we grow there is then donated to the local food banks.
Most importantly, I am a family man, and have been married to the former Karen Bladek since 1990 and have 3 grown children Jesse, Jeremiah, and Samuel.
I would like to say thank you to Dennis Korce for his service for 37 years on the Herkimer County Legislature, serving District 14. When deciding to run for the position, I was spurred by an individual I do business with that expressed that “we need a farmer to represent District 14 like Dennis has.”
So I hope to bring that same dedication and common sense approach to this campaign. I would respectfully ask for your vote on November 3 to be your next legislator.