This race has former Barker School District Board President Merrill Bender challenging incumbent John Syracuse. Unfortunately for Bender, this one is a no-brainer.
While Syracuse has focused his campaign on what he can do for the people of his district, Bender has apparently appointed himself the campaign manager for every single candidate in Niagara County who is not in the majority.
Watching the Niagara County Concerned Taxpayers (again, I can't type that without laughing out loud) forum, Bender repeatedly lobbied, not for himself, but for every single candidate there. If he put as much time into focusing on his own campaign, he might have slightly more than a snow ball's chance in hell.
What is simply amazing is that Bender never changed his message after the Primary Election in which he was completely pummeled. Simple political logic says that if you are touting a specific message prior to a primary, then you get crushed in that primary, you need to re-think your message.
Bender hasn't, and that will be evident Tuesday when Syracuse cruises to a 69% - 31% victory.