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Write-in candidacy adds to Tonawanda Town Board field

By Joseph Popiolkowski


The field of candidates for Tuesday's Tonawanda Town Board election is neatly split with three incumbent Democrats and three Republican challengers.

But one town resident is making a last-minute, grassroots effort at a write-in candidacy.

Frank Wolf, 38, said he decided Wednesday to mount a campaign after being encouraged by fellow Conservative Party members.

"I understand what I'm up against," he said late Friday afternoon while out posting 40 campaign signs.

He's up against Democratic incumbents John A. Bargnesi Jr., Lisa M. Chimera and Joe Emminger as well as Republican challengers Ann Morelli, Gigi E. Grizanti and Michael R. Vishion.

Wolf is director of logistics and vice president at Syro Logistics and a coach with the St. Paul’s Athletic Association. A priority if elected to the board would be to improve the town's athletic fields, he said.

Wolf said he sought the Republican endorsement in April but was turned off when, during the interview process, he was asked to pay the local GOP $5,000 and raise $15,000 for his campaign.

"I'm not strongarmed by one political party or another," he said.

Ken-Ton Republican Committee Chairman Mark Tramont vehemently denied Wolf's claim as a "blatant lie."

"That is appalling that someone would even say that," he said.

Wolf has a created a Facebook page with instructions on how to support him with a write-in vote on the ballot.


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