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Five Questions with Kevin Hardwick

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Kevin Hardwick speaks at Erie County Republican Committee campaign headquarters at the Adam's Mark Hotel after his election to the Legislature in November 2009. (Derek Gee/ Buffalo News)

Kevin Hardwick

The Basics:
Age: 55
Party: Republican
Job Title: 4th District Erie County Legislator
Family: Married for 32 ½ years to the former Deborah L. Maiurano; one daughter: Aubrey, 28; three sons: Jeremy, 28; Matthew, 20, and Brian, 19; two granddaughters: Kaile, 8, and Julianna, 5.
Town: City of Tonawanda
Education: Three degrees in political science from SUNY-Binghamton, B.A. (1979), M.A. (1983) and Ph.D. (1988).
Salary: $42,588 per year.

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Five Questions with Thomas Loughran

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Erie County Legislator Thomas A. Loughran chairs a meeting of the Erie County Legislature Community Enrichment Committee in September. (Derek Gee/ Buffalo News)

Thomas A. Loughran

The Basics:
Age: 60
Party: Democrat
Job Title: Erie County Legislator
Family: two children, Sara and Travis
Town: Amherst
Education: State University of New York at Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts in political science
Salary: $42,500

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Five Questions with Edward A. Rath

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath celebrates his re-election at Erie County Republican Committee campaign headquarters on election night 2009. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Edward A. Rath

The Basics:
Age: 45
Party: Republican
Job Title: Erie County Legislator, 6th District – Representing Akron, Amherst, Clarence and Newstead
Family: Married to Amy, proud parents of Louise, 10; Cecilia, 8 and Jocelyn, 6
Education: Graduate of Nichols School, and earned a degree in political science from Syracuse University and my MBA from Canisius College
Salary: $42,588

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Five Questions with Lynn Marinelli

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli speaks on election night in 2009. (Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News)

Lynn Marinelli

The Basics:
Age: 49 currently... 50 on August 4th!
Party: Democrat
Job Title: Erie County Legislator, 3rd district (North Buffalo, Parkside, Black Rock-Riverside, Kenmore and the southeast corner of Town of Tonawanda).
Family: Madden's on my dad's side; Golonka's on my mother's. Blessed with a daughter, Jessica, 29, and a stepdaughter, Bridget, 16, along with 3 cats!
Town: Tonawanda
Education: Mount St. Mary Academy; bachelor of arts in English from Daemen College
Salary: $42,588

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Five Questions with Mark Poloncarz

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Mark Poloncarz celebrates on election night in November. (Derek Gee/ Buffalo News)

Mark C. Poloncarz

The Basics:
Age: 44
Party: Democratic
Job Title: County Executive
Town: Buffalo, though Lackawanna will always be my hometown.
Education: Lackawanna High School, 1985; bachelor of arts, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1989; law degree, University of Toledo College of Law, 1997.
Salary: $103,428

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Five Questions with Rich Fontana

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Buffalo Common Council President Richard A. Fontana during a Jan. 24 Council meeting in City Hall. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Richard A. Fontana

The basics
Age: 39
Job title:Buffalo Common Council president, representing Lovejoy district
Family: Wife, two children.
Education: Bachelor's degree in business management from Buffalo State College
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: New York State licensed Realtor, restaurateur
City salary: $52,000 + $10,000 stipend as Council president

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Five Questions with John J. Mills

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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John J. Mills

The Basics:
Age: 65
Party: Republican
Job Title:Minority Leader, Legislator 11th District
Family: Wife, Barbara; and three children and seven grandchildren. I also care for four donkeys, a swine and 11 piglets.
Residence: Town of Orchard Park
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo
Legislature Salary: $47,588

County Legislature Minority Leader John J. Mills during the first session of 2012. (Sharon Cantillon/ Buffalo News)

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Five Questions with David Rivera

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera addresses his colleagues during a Jan. 24 session of the Buffalo Common Council. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

David A. Rivera

The basics
Age: 53
Job title: Buffalo Common Council member, Niagara district
Family: My wife, Esther; two sons, Joshua (wife, Norma) and Jonathan (wife, Stephanie); two grandchildren, JD and Alilah.
Education: Associate degree in social science
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: I spent 25 years with the Buffalo Police Department. I started as a patrol officer and was later promoted to detective and then detective sergeant.
City salary: $52,000 + $1,000 stipend for chairing Claims Committee

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Five Questions with Thomas J. Mazur

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Erie County Legislator Thomas J. Mazur, left, and Legislator-elect Timothy Hogues celebrate their victories election night in Buffalo. (Derek Gee/ Buffalo News)

Thomas J. Mazur

The Basics:
Age: I turned 21 in Vietnam, and I voted absentee ballot for Richard Nixon because I thought he was going to stop the war.
Party: Democrat.
Job Title: 7th District Legislator and Legislature Majority Leader (part Cheektowaga/part Buffalo).
Family: Wife, Mary Grace; son, Luke; daughters, Malina, Kellie and Julie.
Town: Cheektowaga.
Education: Bishop Turner High School; U.S. Army School of Finance; SUNY Buffalo, bachelor of arts (Sociology); SUNY Buffalo, master's degree (Humanities).
Salary: $47,588.

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Five Questions with Demone Smith

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.

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Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith addresses his colleagues during a Common Council meeting on Jan. 24. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

Demone A. Smith

The basics
Age: 38
Job title: Buffalo Common Council member, Masten district; Council majority leader
Family: Wife, two children
Education: Wilberforce University (B.A. in political science)
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: Erie County legislator
City Salary: $52,000 + $5,000 for work as majority leader

The questions
What's one thing people don't know about you?
Big comic book fan as a kid. They increased my reading ability. [World of] Warcraft fan, as well.

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