Tonawanda News — The City of Tonawanda elections set for the fall are beginning to take shape as both Republicans and Democrats are announcing their bids for both the mayoral and council seats.
Rick Davis, a former two-term city councilman, has interviewed for the Democratic endorsement and hopes to challenge Republican Mayor Ron Pilozzi for the second time this fall.
Davis, a meteorologist, lost to Pilozzi in 2009 by just 150 votes.
“With such a close margin, I felt that I should run again,” Davis said.
Although Davis would not comment on specific issues until he is named as the official Democratic candidate, he did express dissatisfaction with the city’s state.
“I am not pleased with the way things are going in the city,” he said. “I loved my time on the council, and I miss being able to help people. I want to get back in.”
But Pilozzi, who is currently wrapping up his second mayoral term, is confident about the race, and said his achievements over the past four years will carry him through the election season.
“I kept my promises — just look at the parks,” Pilozzi said. “We put $2 million into the parks, the pavilion is complete ... we also have the shoreline erosion project, the kayak launch and the latest with the ADA accessible fishing pier.”
Pilozzi also pointed to his 16 years in government experience, his career at General Motors and the city’s low tax levy increases.
“What I foresee is nothing but good things going forward if people will be willing to give me another couple years,” he said.
Two school board officials are hoping to make the move to city council politics this November. Lynn Casal, a former City of Tonawanda school board member who resigned in January, announced last week that she will challenge First Ward Councilwoman Heather Little.