Qapla’ : First Klingon Elected to Office in New York State
Klingon Chancellor Martok, under his Earth name of John Hertzler, has been elected to the Ulysses Town Board in Tompkins County, near Ithaca. According to the Ithaca Times, Hertzler was introduced at Democratic party’s caucus in August as
the only Klingon general living in Ulysses.
Hertzler, an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s film and theater department, has the distinction of being one of only four actors to play seven different characters on the various “Star Trek” incarnations. A working actor, he has also appeared in numerous other television series, and is slated to appear in the upcoming film, Star Trek: Anaxar, which begins production in 2014.
A former EPA employee under the Nixon Administration, Hetzler is staunchly opposed to fracking, writing on his campaign website:
The immense and under-reported risks of environmental destruction of land, air and water quality due to this particular drilling technique is not compatible with human habitation and must not be allowed to happen here. I have invested everything I have in this home and I will not see it destroyed for the sake of short term profit by some oil and gas company based in Houston or Tulsa or Norway. I do believe in encouraging other business and industry here such as expansion of the vinyards and tourism, dairy farming, grain farming, and home building… all life-affirming and appropriate manner of development for our region.
Qapla’, success and good luck, Chancellor Martok!