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September 7, 2013

Opposing teams formed in Pendleton races

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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.

• Eileen H. Czarnecki, an administrator at the Performing Arts School of Buffalo, is making her second bid for a council seat, after running unsuccessfully two years ago. As a member of the town recreation committee, Czarnecki resurrected the Business Developement Committee and got the farmers market running again.

• Fischer, who is the scout master of Troop 247, drives trucks and heavy equipment. He’s a graduate of Starpoint High School and studied at Erie Community College. He is a third-degree knight in the Knights of Columbus. Fischer says he wants to be involved in long-term town planning, with an eye on controlled growth, and be involved with development of 9-Mile Island.

Also in the town, a Conservative party primary election is on to nominate a candidate for highway superintendent. The contestants are party members Jeffrey R. Stowell, the incumbent superintendent who’s running with GOP and Independence party backing, and Aaron J. Bair, a town water department employee who has the Democratic ballot line going into the November general election.

Meanwhile, the candidates for town supervisor, incumbent Democrat James Riester and Independence party member Dominic Saraceno, are trying to snatch minor party ballot lines from each another.

Saraceno, backed by the GOP, obtained a write-in blank on the Working Families primary ballot, to try taking that line from Riester, who has the party’s endorsement. Simultaneously, Riester obtained a write-in blank to try taking the Independence line from Saraceno.