Imagine you go to another part of the country to go on vacation and you see yard signs announcing you are running for county judge. That happened to a man from Florida as he visited Seneca County on his Finger Lakes vacation.
David Ettman of Florida was on vacation with his wife and three children when the family started seeing yard signs for the three-way race for Seneca County Judge. The candidates running are current Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch, former Seneca County District Attorney Donna Cathy, and former town justice and current Assistant County Attorney David Ettman.
What do you do when you spot your name on campaign yard signs? Find the candidate with your name and endorse him.
FAYETTE NY August 8, 2018
IN A BOLD AND UNEXPECTED MOVE, DAVID ETTMAN ENDORSES DAVID ETTMAN FOR SENECA COUNTY JUDGE!
Around noon on Saturday, August 4th we received an email to the campaign…
I was delighted and surprised to see your campaign sign as we were driving on 96A north today.
I am also David Ettman, and in all my years I have not met another David Ettman, so I had to reach out. I live in Florida with my wife. We are visiting Lake Seneca for vacation with our three grown daughters and their families. (We saw online you also have three daughters and our youngest is also Catherine.)
I imagine you are very busy with your campaign and other obligations, but if you have time to meet, it would be fun to get to know the other David Ettman. To my knowledge, it is not a common last name, so maybe we share lineage.”
We responded to David immediately and that same evening met him, his wife, and their children at a vacation cottage near Valois. We traded stories of our families and discovered a number of similarities and coincidences. Though we are not “close” relatives, it is highly likely that we share more than a name. Our families immigrated to the United States from the same part of Europe a generation apart.
We parted that evening but, not before leaving Florida David and his family campaign t-shirts, pens, and other items to commemorate a truly unique trip to Seneca County.
“David, we wish you the best of luck in the election. We will follow the campaign from Florida. Call us if you need Florida David to fly up, if you need to be in two places at once!”