Amherst's veteran town clerk, Susan K. Jaros, will square off against political newcomer Jeffrey Marion, a Williamsville lawyer, for her seat in next week's election for a four-year term.
Marion, 38, has been in private practice since 1998, specializing in injury and disability cases. He graduated from Ohio Northern University Law School and has lived in Amherst for eight years.
"I am a professional and a taxpayer," Marion said. "Unlike my opponent, I do not take the support of the residents in this town for granted and never will. I have the energy and desire to create a better office."
Marion's platform includes the modernization of town record keeping and better use of online technology, pursuit of grant money to improve record access and office security, and generating more office savings to help town taxpayers.
Marion is endorsed by the Democratic and Conservative parties; the United Steelworkers, Nurses United and Teamsters unions; the Good Government Club; and Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, who is running for election.
He said he has raised about $10,000 in campaign money so far.
Jaros, 56, has lived in Amherst for 53 years and has served as Amherst's elected town clerk since 1999.
During her time as clerk, she said, she has reduced staff payroll and operating budgets by 32 percent. Her office has also digitized all vital statistics records and worked with the Information Technology Department to put tax records on the town Web site, she said.
She said wants to further support orderly and functional Town Board meetings and improve the public's online access to the clerk's office. She is endorsed by the Republican Party and said she is not accepting contributions.
"I've been here a long time, so I know the ins and outs of town government," Jaros said. "Government, in general, is not easy to wade your way though. I bend over backwards for the public."