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May 3, 2013

City of Tonawanda, Ken-Ton board hopefuls ready

Tonawanda News — Candidates for the City of Tonawanda and Ken-Ton City school boards have filed their petitions for election to be held May 21. 

In the city, three positions are up for grabs. Current board President Jackie Smilinich has announced that she will not attempt to retain her seat and will instead vie for a position on the city council. Vice President Demelt Shaw will also retire from the board. 

Board member Danielle Opalinksi, who replaced Lynn Casal when she resigned earlier this year and has previously served on the board, will attempt to keep a board seat in this year’s race. 

The three other candidates who have filed petitions are Fred Busch, Geraldine Angelo and Elizabeth Olka, who also has served on the board, but resigned in 2011 following a controversial tenure.

”Anybody who knows me knows that I am here for the kids, the community and the taxpayers who live here,” Olka said. “It’s as simple as that, and I also think I am the most knowledgeable.” 

Opalinski, Angelo and Busch could not be reached to comment on the election. 

The Tonawanda Parent Teacher Association is planning to hold an event May 16 to provide community members a chance to familiarize themselves with the candidates. 

The candidate who wins the most votes will immediately assume the seat previously occupied by Lynn Casal, while the other two elected board members will be sworn in for three-year terms at the July meeting. The board will elect their new president and vice president at that meeting, as well. 

In the Ken-Ton district, two seats are up for election. Incumbents Bob Dana, the current board president, will attempt to keep a seat on the body, while current Trustee Jim Simmons, whose term is also up, will not run in this month’s race. 

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