Tonawanda News — Ron Pilozzi’s two-decade run in City of Tonawanda politics will come to an end as his Democratic challenger, Rick Davis, won by a convincing margin in Tuesday’s election.
Democrats recorded the vote margin as 2,057-1,679 in Davis’ favor, while the Erie County Board of Elections website did not have final results published as of deadline.
“I am very happy and pleased that the residents recognized my hard work,” Davis said at a jubilant Democratic party gathering held at the local American Legion Post. “The voters wanted change and believed in me.”
Davis, a two-term councilman who works as a meteorologist at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport with the Federal Aviation Administration, ran against Republican Pilozzi in 2009, losing by just 150 votes. But this time around, Davis finished off the night with a bottle of champagne in hand amid cheers of “change is coming” from his supporters.
“I think my dedication to my door to door campaign ... and giving the voters a clear line on the issues that separated the two candidates helped residents,” he said. “They felt like eight years was enough.”
Davis has spoken out strongly against the city’s proposed contract with Natale for the Little League development due to the tax abatement that will be given to those who will reside in the 53 planned homes.
He has called for Tonawanda to focus its sewer work in the First Ward, where residents are struggling to combat ongoing flooding problems. Davis has also questioned why Pilozzi made the pavilion a priority in light of economic issues and a lack of development downtown — a challenge he said he is prepared to tackle.
“My biggest job is to work on community and economic development, and finding a way to move forward in those areas in the next four years,” he said Tuesday.