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Amherst gadfly James Tricoli is running for Town Board, possibly forcing a Democratic primary.

"I am tossing my hat in the ring to be councilman," Tricoli said Thursday.

"I have been going to those (Town Board) meetings for eight years," he said. "Nothing hardly gets done, and I think I can get things done."

This is Tricoli's first bid for town office, although he has made unsuccessful bids in the past for seats on the Williamsville School Board.

Tricoli, 58, said he's concerned about disappearing green space in the town and elitism on the Town Board.

"We have to have real people," he said. "It's time board members listen to people and not special interest groups."

Tricoli frequently attends board meetings, and sometimes describes himself as a self-appointed public investigator, keeping an eye on board dealings.

Tricoli is the second Democrat to announce his candidacy in recent weeks. The other is Planning Board member Paul A. Beyer.

In addition to Beyer, Amherst Democratic Committeeman James Twombly is expected to announce his candidacy for a board seat.

Beyer, Twombly and incumbent Democratic Council Member Daniel J. Ward are hoping to run as a slate, along with Democratic Town Supervisor Susan J. Grelick in the November election.

Tricoli, although considered a long shot for the board race, would force a Democratic primary.

There are three board seats open in the November general election. In addition to Ward, two Republican Council members are up for re-election - Jane S. Woodward and Bob Brewer.

With three board seats as well as supervisor up for grabs in the November election, control of the seven-member board is at stake.

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