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November 2, 2013

North Tonawanda candidate bios

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Platform: Bolsover would emphasis issues related to the city’s infrastructure, particularly flooding and power outage problems in the Wurlitzer Park neighborhood. She also questioned public safety in the city including what she framed an increase in crime at Walmart and the surrounding areas. She said she would stand as a “voice for financial responsibility.”

Eric Zadzilka

Party lines: Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence. 

Background: Two-time city council member. 

Platform: Zadzilka said the advent of Walmart, the near-completion of the Meadow Drive extension project and a council that works well together are evidence that the city has made gains during his two terms. He said he has supported steps taken to address flooding issues in his ward as well as efforts to separate storm sewers through a proposed 2014 budget. Zadzilka would like to push to share services with Niagara County and surrounding municipalities.

At-Large

Beverly Loxterman 

Party line: Democrat 

Background: Retired as secretary/administrator at Niagara County District Attorney office, YWCA and Zonta of Tonawandas board member. 

Platform: Loxterman repeatedly hammered Republican control of City Hall during her campaign and said she would work to bring transparency to City Hall. Loxterman said if elected she would put an emphasis on public safety and also push to return police and fire dispatchers to North Tonawanda, both of which have merged with the Niagara County. She believes that a reduced crime level would lead to increased business, specifically along Oliver Street. 

Bob Clark 

Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence, Green.  

Background: Appointed Alderman-At-Large in August, heavily involved in veterans’ affairs; served as medic in Iraq and Vietnam.   

Platform: Clark said he would use his 40 years of military experience that has led him to live around the country and the world to add to the transformation he feels has already begun in the city where he grew up. Clark said he left a blue collar North Tonawanda and returned to an environment fronted by tourism opportunities related to its waterfront and economic development downtown. He said he would use his brief time on the common council and his background in strategic planning and emergency management, where he learned “how others solved their problems,” to develop the waterfront and improve quality of life issues. 

 

 

 

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