Tonawanda News


November 2, 2013

North Tonawanda candidate bios


Tonawanda News —

David Kelly 

Party line: Democrat 

Background: A physical education teacher in Buffalo for 22 years, on the executive committee for the Buffalo Teachers Federation, volunteers with North Tonawanda youth soccer. 

Platform: Kelly wants to “offer something different” and use a portion of his salary to launch a youth enhancement program. He questioned the speed by which the Witmer flooding problems have been abated and said he would increase communications with fire and police departments and “bridge some of the generational gaps” he sees in the city at large. 

Second Ward 

Lisa Spencer 

Party line: Democrat. 

Background: Past co-chair of the Spruce Home School Association, public relations specialist for the Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue group. 

Platform: Spencer said public safety is chief among her concerns and she would cut expenses in other areas of city government to add more police officers. She would like to focus on the housing stock in the Second Ward with issues related to absentee landlords in order to bolster the tax base. She would push to expedite developments along Oliver Street that she feels could be tied into progress made along the downtown corridor. 


Donna Braun

Party line: Republican, Conservative, Independence. 

Background: North Tonawanda School Board member since 2011, president of Third Ward Social Club’s Ladies Auxiliary, member of the North Tonawanda Football Hall of Fame. 

Platform: Braun said she would like to continue the “progress” made under the current council and turn to Neighborhood Watch programs and more communication with the police department to address crime in the Second Ward, rather than adding more officers. She said she does not believe transparency is an issue on the Republican-controlled council and also cited the need to develop Oliver Street and address absentee landlords. 

Third Ward

Darlene Bolsover

Party line: Democrat 

Background: Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7545, licensed practical nurse, Staff Sgt. U.S. Army Reserves. 

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