Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content

Write-in candidacy adds to Tonawanda Town Board field

By Joseph Popiolkowski

1383510_179117242292206_837905192_n

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.

 

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

About Politics Now

Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

rmccarthy@buffnews.com


Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

tprecious@buffnews.com


Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

@jillterreri | jterreri@buffnews.com


Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

@JerryZremski | jzremski@buffnews.com

Subscribe

Advertisement