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Town will have first female supervisor

Several primaries are shaping up in Cheektowaga, but there is only one candidate for the top spot on the ballot, guaranteeing Mary F. Holtz will become the first female supervisor.

Holtz will follow in the steps of her father, Benedict, who was supervisor from 1948 to 1963. Mary Holtz was elected town clerk in 2003 after working in the clerk's office for 32 years. Benedict Holtz also was town clerk.

Mary Holtz is well known throughout the town and said she has worked well with Democrats and Republicans.

"It's so unusual," said Holtz, who has filed petitions for the Independence and Conservative lines as well.

Diane Benczkowski is seeking the Democratic line for town clerk against Town Council Member Alice Magierski, who won the Democratic endorsement. Magierski also is in a primary with Susan P. Nolder for the Independence line. Nolder, a registered Independence Party member, filed on the Republican line for town clerk as well.

Benczkowski said with 21 years of experience in real estate sales and six years on the Depew School Board, she feels she can make a greater contribution to the town as clerk. "I'm dedicated to the community," she said.

Magierski said her experience on the Town Board and 22 years working in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District central office and as district treasurer make her well-suited for the clerk's office. "I have the skills to understand and effectively manage it," she said.

The four candidates seeking the Democratic line for three Town Board seats include two incumbents, Jeff Swiatek and Richard A. Zydel, and Stanley J. Kaznowski III and Charles Markel. Swiatek, Zydel and Kaznowski, the endorsed Democrats, also filed for the Independence and Conservative lines.

A fourth candidate, Chauncey Stewart, has filed for the Independence line, setting up a primary among him, Swiatek, Zydel and Kaznowski.

Stewart filed Republican petitions for Town Board, as did Richard J. Maisano and Gerald P. Kaminski. Maisano also has the Working Families nod.

In the race for highway superintendent, Mark D. Wegner has filed petitions for the Democratic, Independence and Conservative lines, and Scott H. Rybczynski filed Republican petitions.

Town Justice Thomas S. Kolbert filed for the Democrat, Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families lines.


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