Tonawanda News — The Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee has chosen its candidates for the upcoming town and village board races this November, town GOP Committee Chairman Mark Tramont said Monday.
“Town council candidates are local business owner Michael Vishion, accountant Ann Morelli and human resource professional Gigi Grizanti,” Tramont said in a statement. “All three have deep roots in the town and village and are products of the Ken-Ton School system.”
Vishion, Morelli and Grizanti will be challenging three of the board’s Democratic incumbents who are up for election — John Bargnesi Jr., Lisa Chimera and Joseph Emminger Sr.
The three incumbents have served on the board for eight years, and will run again in November’s race.
“I look forward to the debates,” Emminger said. “We run on our record, on the fiscal responsibility and growth in the town. I don’t concern myself who is running against me.”
Bargnesi echoed Emminger’s comments.
“This time around, we are going to run on our accomplishments,” he said. “I work very hard on development and redevelopment ... our economic growth, new companies and commercial development. That’s really what I am most proud of and what I put my work into.”
Chimera, too, said she is anticipating the start of election season.
“I feel proud I was able to fulfill promises I made,” she said. “I look forward to a very positive and productive campaign where we can focus on the issues.”
In his statement, Tramont said this year’s Republican candidates give voters the “opportunity to bring back highly qualified candidates that are willing to do the right thing for the residents and business owners of Tonawanda.”
One of those candidates, Vishion, operated the concession stands at the Sheridan and Brighton golf courses until 2011, when the town abruptly canceled the deal after the businessman challenged Dan Crangle for his board seat.