Tonawanda News

October 18, 2013

Ken-Ton candidate night set for Tuesday

Staff reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a meet-the-candidates night Tuesday at Village Square Catering on Delaware Avenue.

The event is scheduled run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the business, which is located at 2878 Delaware Ave. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Candidates from Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda and the third and fourth legislative districts will be at the event to give brief presentations. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to the chamber office at 874-1202.

In the town, Democratic incumbents John Bargnesi, Joseph Emminger and Lisa Chimera, who have been on the body since 2005, will attempt to defend their seats. Republicans Gigi Grizanti, Ann Morelli and Michael Vishion are challenging them.

There are three open spots on the board.

Democratic Highway Superintendent William Swanson is also attempting to defend his seat from Russ Riggio, who has been endorsed by the Republicans.

In Kenmore, two seats are up for re-election. Republican Sam Muscarella, who has been on the board since 1995, is retiring. Kenmore Republicans planned to endorse Leonard Rollo, 19, but he bowed out of the race.

Democratic incumbent Paul Catalano is seeking re-election to his second term, and the other seat will go to Katie Burd, a first-time candidate. Justice Scott Riordan is also running unopposed. 

In the Erie County Legislature, Republican Kevin Hardwick is defending his seat against challenger William Conrad III. In the third district, Democratic Lynn Marinelli is attempting to retain her seat. Republican Jennifer Stergion is challenging her.