Richard Gontarz lost the election for Alden village mayor last week. The fact that he favors consolidating the town and the village might not be the only reason people didn't vote for him, but it's safe to say that position didn't help.
If government consolidation is ever going to occur, it will have to start with the voters.
Would you vote for a candidate who said he would work to eliminate one layer of government in your community?
--- Bruce Andriatch