By Michael Regan firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — Bob Clark has been selected to fill out the remaining term of outgoing North Tonawanda Alderwoman-At-Large Nancy Donovan, who will retire on Wednesday — a seat that he is also running for in November’s general election.
Council President Rich Andres said members made a unanimous decision Thursday night after several days this week conducting interviews of four candidates who applied for the council slot.
Clark, who switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican earlier this year — though the change will not officially take place until Jan. 1 — and was was nominated and endorsed by the Niagara County and North Tonawanda Republican committees, is known for his involvement on various city committees, his military background and his former role as president of the North Tonawanda History Museum.
His opponent for a new four-year term that will begin in 2014, Beverly Loxterman, a Democrat, also applied for the job, along with Kevin Brick and Deborah Jaeger.
“They all turned out to be qualified applicants,” Andres said. “They’d all make good candidates. But we felt that Bob saw the big picture.”
Andres said the various council members, including Donovan, graded each candidate on a points system, sharing the end results after all the interviews were conducted.
“Overall we felt that Bob Clark was our choice,” he said.
Clark said he was “pleased and humbled” by the announcement, and cited his experience as of decades in the military traveling around the country and the world, which he contends will bring a fresh perspective to the Lumber City.
“I have both old eyes and new eyes when viewing North Tonawanda,” he said. “I saw and remember very clearly the North Tonawanda that was a bustling, blue collar city.”
He added: “I came back in 2008. I had the comfort to see that the city had not really changed. It has the same people, the same feeling the same comfort. But it has a whole a new set of opportunities. We’re no longer the industrial hub we once were nor will we ever be. But we have a chance to join our neighbors in Buffalo and Niagara Falls to make our waterfront a new destination.”
Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.