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COUNCILMAN, ACCOUNTANT SEEK GOP NOD FOR SUPERVISOR IN PRIMARY

A veteran town councilman and a local accountant are seeking the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary for the supervisor's position in the Town of Aurora.

Councilman Tom Cotton of Castle Hill Road and Robert Kell of Olean Road are hoping to fill the seat that has been occupied by retiring Supervisor William A. Green for the last eight years.

Cotton, who has served on the Town Board for four years, was born on Main Street in East Aurora and has served as a painting contractor in the village for 35 years.

Cotton believes his service on the Town Board will serve him well for the position of town supervisor.

"Right now there's an excellent working staff in town hall, Supervisor Green has done an excellent job," Cotton said. "It's supposed to be a part-time job, but it's really a full-time job and I will put everything I can into it for the benefit of the town's citizens."

Cotton alluded to the board's accomplishments during his tenure, including the construction of new waterlines, the purchase of 200 acres of land for the development of a park, a new and improved senior citizens center on Oakwood Avenue, bringing the Main Street library and Aurora Town Hall to ADA compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the multimillion-dollar Presbyterian home.

Cotton said he would develop even more waterlines for residents who seek the service, develop more parkland and continue progress on a comprehensive plan with the village of East Aurora.

Kell is the candidate endorsed by the Republican party for the supervisor's post. Although Kell has never held public office in an official capacity, he has had significant involvement behind the scenes with the area's Republican party.

Growing up in East Aurora, Kell moved to New York City for a short time only to return to the area 20 years ago to establish his own accounting business. He believes his background in accounting will help the town remain fiscally sound and hopes to help control any possible spread of massive development in the area.

"One of the advantages of a place like Aurora is you can live in the village or in the country rural atmosphere -- it's there if you want it," Kell said. "I recognize the supervisor's job is to really work with the Town Board. I hope to retain the rural small-town character of the town."

A treasurer of the Aurora Republican Committee and treasurer of several political campaigns in the town, Kell also is a member of Rotary International, where he has served as a past president and now acts as the first assistant governor for the organization in Western New York and southern Ontario and as district chairman for the Polio Partners Committee.

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