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2017-11-08 / Front Page

DiCostanzo, Shear retain seats on Town Board

Republican incumbents Paul Shear and Peter DiCostanzo both retained their seats on the Clarence Town Board following last night's election, each earning about 33 percent of the vote.

DiCostanzo garnered the most votes of any candidate with 4,987, followed by Shear’s 4,872. The seats carry a four-year term.

Shear and DiCostanzo’s seats were challenged by two Democratic newcomers in Adam Keller and Chris Becker, an Iraq War veteran who promised to introduce legislation that would limit town councilmen to two terms in office. 

Appointed to the Municipal Review Board in 2003, the Town Environmental Quality Review Committee and finally to the Planning Board as vice chairman, Shear was appointed to the Town Board in January 2016 and elected to that position in November of the same year.

DiCostanzo has served as a town councilman in Clarence since 2008 and as deputy supervisor since January 2016. He is the liaison to accounting, assessor, ethics, insurance, parks and recreation, and is a member of the town’s Audit Committee.

County legislature
The race for the 5th District of Erie County Legislator - a rematch of the 2015 election - again has incumbent Thomas Loughran winning against challenger Guy Marlette. 

Loughran had 57 percent of the votes in the district, which covers a large portion of Amherst, including Williamsville, Snyder and the Willow Ridge neighborhood.

Loughran, owner of Loughran’s Restaurant in Snyder, ran on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

Marlette, who served two terms as an Amherst councilmember, was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines.

Green Party candidate Ruben Cartegena had 2 percent of the votes in the race.
The legislature seat carries a two-year term.

For the 6th District seat in the County Legislature, incumbent Edward A. Rath III was unopposed in being re-elected. The seat carries a two-year term.

Countywide races
In the county-based elections, incumbents Timothy Howard and Stefan Mychajliw won re-election as Michael Kearns was voted to the county clerk post. 

In his re-election to a four-year term for county sheriff, Howard garnered 51 percent of the votes against challenger Bernie Tolbert. Approximately 5,000 votes separated the candidates. 

Howard was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform party lines, as Tolbert was on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines.

In the race for county comptroller, incumbent Republican Stefan Mychajliw won another four-year term against Vanessa Glushefski, who was on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

Mychajliw, who was also on the Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, garnered 55 percent of the votes. 

In the race to fill the vacant county clerk post are Michael Kearns garnered 52 percent of the votes against Steven Cichon. About 8,000 votes separated the candidates. 

Kearns was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines, while Cichon was on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines.

Further information about the elections can be found at www.elections.erie.gov.

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