Tonawanda News — At-Large
New to the political scene are Bob Clark, a Republican currently serving out the final months of retired Alderwoman-At-Large Nancy Donovan’s term, and Beverly Loxterman, a Democrat who is involved with volunteer initiatives for a variety of non-profits in the city.
Like many of her Democratic counterparts, the theme of public safety was foremost among her concerns, seeing it as a key to the city’s ailing sections, including Oliver Street.
Clark, a North Tonawanda native who spent years overseas and around the country as a member of the military before return to the city, said he would use his experience in leadership positions and observing different cultures and cities as an incubus for change.
“When I left it was a blue collar town,” Clark said, adding that the city’s future is now centered on its waterfront.
Loxterman, who worked for 37 years as an administrative assistant for the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office and is a YWCA of the Tonawandas board member, said increased public safety would bring people and business back to the city.
Both debated the issue of police dispatch, with Clark stating that the move to merge the city’s fire and police dispatchers with the county did not have an effect on response times, while Loxterman said she’s met with police officer who said it had.
She also railed against absentee landlords and their effect on the community, a point that Clark did not dispute. She said she would like to serve as opposition to the Republican control in the city.
“I want to put an end to partisan politics,” she said.