- Let's start in Wheatfield's GOP primary, where Tim Demler, perhaps the biggest slime ever to grace local politics, is once again hoping to make himself relevant. Despite the fact that every audit and review of Wheatfield's finances over the past two years shows gross malfeasance on the part of Demler, he's come up with a way to blame everyone and anyone he can for his massive mismanagement of the town. This guy has never understood the concept of taking responsibility for one's own actions and never will. He'd sell his mother for a nickel to get back into any position of relevance. Bob Cliffe crushes Demler with 68% of the vote.
- County Legislator - 5th District. Brittany Catchpole and Jason Zona square off in a Dem primary for the new seat composed of Niagara and Niagara Falls. Catchpole is an 18 year-old fireball who has met with Andrew Cuomo. Jason Zona is a thirtysomething firefighter who loves to post pictures of himself drinking, partying and flipping the bird on social media pages. They say that girls mature faster than guys. We have living proof in this race. Catchpole wins 53-47.
- County Legislator - 6th District. Dennis Virtuoso takes on Kari Ann Bullman for the new 6th District seat in a Democratic primary. Virtuoso is the epitome of what is wrong with politics. He not only plays partisan politics, he consistently throws his own party and his supporters under the bus in order to ensure his own political survival. Case in point, his resolution to eliminate health insurance for county legislators was conveniently brought forward after Virtuoso made sure he got his health insurance paid for life by taxpayers. If the county legislature has any sack, they will not only pass Virtuoso's resolution, they will eliminate the benefit for all legislators, past and present. Despite the fact that Virtuoso's 20+ years in the legislature have coincided with the period of Niagara Falls' greatest decline in history, his name ends in a vowel so he'll win with 63%.
- Lockport GOP Mayoral Primary. Incumbent Mike Tucker is being challenged by 143 year-old Phyllis Green. Green has openly stated that the only reason she is running is to screw with Tucker, knowing she has no shot to win. Classy actions from a seven-term council member. So much for caring about the best interests of the community. Tucker wins with 67%.
- Lockport Democratic Mayoral Primary. Jack Smith and Mike Pillot square off for the Dem nod in the Lock City. Pillot has brought nothing of substance to the campaign in terms of solutions to what he believes to be the city's problems. Smith is a bit more articulate, but his Nixonian secret recordings of the council's executive sessions is a massive violation of the public's trust that will not be rewarded with a primary win. Pillot takes it with 56%.
- Niagara Falls Democratic Mayoral Primary. Paul Dyster is facing a four-way primary with challenges from John Accardo, Carnell Burch and Norton Douglas. Dyster has been an unmitigated disaster during his first term in office, but none of the other candidates have run a campaign effective enough to beat him in the primary. Dyster wins the primary with 40%.
- Niagara Falls City Council. A five-way primary for two seats, Robert Anderson, Candace Corsaro, Glenn Choolokian, Alicia Laible and Don Zambotti face off in this Dem primary. Anderson is a lock. Choolokian and Laible will fight for the second seat. We say Anderson and Choolokian take the two seats.
- County Legislator - 13th District. Incumbent Keith McNall is being challenged by city council member Andrew Chapman in this GOP primary. Chapman has done nothing to win this contest, while McNall has been working hard to take the primary. McNall take it with 64%.
- Niagara County Family Court Judge. Kathleen Wojtaszek-Gariano takes on Jeremy Schnurr in the Dem primary. Like Chapman, Schnurr has done nothing to win this race. Wojtaszek-Gariano crushes Schnurr with 70%.
- Niagara County Legislator - 4th District. Christian Green takes on Duane Thomas in this Dem primary for the right to succeed Renae Kimble. Green is supported by Kimble while Thomas' support comes from Ken Hamilton. While this one hasn't garnered much attention, this is a very interesting contest to follow. Green, bolstered by Kimble, takes it with 58%.
- Niagara County Legislator - 3rd District. (Added late, thanks Jessica!) In the GOP primary for the seat, Cheree Copelin is being challenged by former NF City Council member Mike Gawel. While Gawel thinks his stint in federal prison for money laundering and tax fraud is not cause for concern, the voters will think differently. Copelin is sharp - she takes the primary with 59%. In the Dem primary in the 3rd, Matt Cole squares off against John Briglio. Cole's comment in Sunday's Buffalo News that "The county taxes are criminal. I’m running to do something about it" shows just how clueless he is, as the county tax rate is only about $7/$1,000. What's criminal is that a candidate for county legislature wouldn't know that. Briglio takes the primary with 62%.
September 9, 2011
Primary Election Preview
With the Primary Election just a few days away, there are several races that we're going to take a look at and make our much anticipated prognostications. Okay, so maybe they're not "much anticipated", but they're fun nonetheless.