Timothy James Walker, or T.J. as many of his friends know him, is a native resident of Otsego County. His family traces its roots in the county back over 6 generations. Tim graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1979 and soon after enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In the military, he transferred to the Navy to specialized in Aviation, where he was stationed on an Aircraft Carrier, the USS Ranger CV-61. He did 7 tours overseas including 4 years at Sigonella Naval Air Station, Sicily; three 3 month tours at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, a tour in the Persian Gulf off the Straight of Hormuz with the 7th Fleet, as well as off the coast of Pusan, South Korea. Tim earned numerous commendations and awards both for personal and unit wide success and achievement. He is the recipient of the Naval Achievement Medal, for outstanding personal achievement in Naval Operations, the National Defense Service Medal, for service during the Global War on Terrorism, and was awarded the New York State Defense of Liberty Medal by then Governor George Pataki, for service during and after the 9/11 Attacks in New York City and Washington D.C.; along with countless commanding officer citations for good conduct, exemplary work and outstanding leadership.
After 21 years of service and achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant, Tim decided to hang up his fatigues in 2004 and retire to spend more time with his two boys. Tim now resides in the Village of Cooperstown where he has Substitute taught for the past 10 years. Tim is passionate about history, especially local history, and prides himself in his Antique Book, Civil War Artifact, and Stamp Collections. In his free time he loves to take part in Civil War re-enactments and living history demonstrations. He uses these opportunities to share his knowledge and love of history with others. His oldest son, Bobby, graduated from Cooperstown High in 2017 and is going to study at the University at Albany. His youngest, Tim Jr., will be a Junior this coming school year at Cooperstown. Tim’s motto is: “Service over Self” and he is excited for an opportunity to give back to the County that has given him so much over his entire life. With your vote on November 7th, We Can Work Together for a Better Otsego!