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November 3, 2012

Candidates prepare for state assemblyman race


Tonawanda News — “How much experience did the founding fathers have,” Gilbert said. “I worked as a lone Republican on the council and what matters is how hard I am going to work. I will stay as late as possible to do good for the community.” 

Gilbert said his first action as assemblyman will be to propose a 10 percent pay cut for state senators and assemblymen. 

“It will show we are serious about turning the community around and sustaining it,” he said. 

The race hasn’t seen much publicity, with door-to-door visiting and lawn signs dominating most of the campaigns. 

Almost half Gilbert’s campaign funds came from his own pocket.  According to the New York State Board of Elections, Gilbert has reported a total of $10,559. He hasn’t filed any expense reports. 

And although Schimminger has much more money to spend, with his account totaling over $315,000 in the 11-day pre-election report, he’s reportedly spent about $11,870 in the past month. 

He has been helped by a number of endorsements, including The Business Council of New York State and Unschackle Upstate, while Gilbert has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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