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September 7, 2013

Opposing teams formed in Pendleton races

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The town of Pendleton has interesting political races this year and they won’t be settled in the Tuesday primary election.

There are two openings on the town council, and two Democrats and two Republicans are vying for them.

Democrats Eileen H. Czarnecki and incumbent councilman Edward P. Harman are running mates in the race, endorsed by the Democratic committee and staving off a challenge from fellow registered Democrat Aimee A. Jarvis for the party line in the November general election.

Czarnecki and Harman also are fending off write-in challenges for the Working Families ballot line. On Tuesday, they’ll both have to fetch more votes from party members than anyone else whose name is written in, in order to keep that minor party line in November.

In the September 2009 primary election, Harman and his then-running mate, now retiring councilman Joe Frawley, had the Working Families party’s endorsement — but they both lost the ballot line to their Republican-backed opponents, who by write-in election snagged the line by 5-4 and 5-3 margins.

Jarvis and David I. Fischer already have the GOP and Conservative lines on the November ballot. Both also were endorsed by the Independence committee, but they too face write-in challenges for that ballot line on Tuesday.

Here is some information about each of the candidates for town council.

• Aimee Jarvis holds a teaching degree from Buffalo State College. She is the president of Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary and works for Leslie’s Pool Supplies. Her husband, Jeff, is employed in the town water department.

• Edward Harman, who is seeking his second, four-year term of office, heads up the community center drive. The center is planned for the town park, near the historical society’s base. Harman is retired from Erie County Medical Center, where he was a supervisor and senior biomedical technician.

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