Tonawanda News

Editorials

November 1, 2013

OUR VIEW: City of Tonawanda candidate endorsements

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Tonawanda News — We do, however, share some of the optimism the mayor’s team expresses about the deal. Yes, some revenue is better than no revenue. And we agree after this much time there’s probably no better deal to be had. 

The question remains: Is the deal good enough? More than any other issue, voters’ feelings on the topic are likely to drive their choices Tuesday.

But there’s a better argument for electing Rick Davis than unease over one issue. This entire campaign feels like a defense of Pilozzi’s record. What’s missing in that? His vision for the next four years.

On this front we have a clear winner. Where Pilozzi’s pitch for another term feels staid or static we see an energetic, community-focused campaign from Davis. He’s articulated a vision for what the City of Tonawanda needs to become and we like what he sees.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words: The images of the two candidates that appeared on our front page last week profiling the race summed things up nicely. We gave both candidates the option of having their picture taken on the campaign trail — but only one took advantage. You saw Rick Davis knocking on doors talking to voters and Ron Pilozzi behind a desk. Sort of says it all, doesn’t it?

The mayor has had a decent eight-year run in office and several projects for which he can claim credit. But in our view it’s time for a change.

For the First Ward

In the First Ward we have a former councilman, Republican Chuck Gilbert, running to reclaim a seat he lost two years ago. He’s going up against Paul Brunner, a Democrat and first-time candidate.

We found Gilbert to be an amiable and responsive councilman the first time around and advocated for his candidacy. After watching their performances in our debate we’re recommending voters in the First Ward return Gilbert to a seat on the council.

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