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New clerk in Wheatfield's future

WHEATFIELD -- The candidates in the race for town clerk carry two similarities.

If elected, Mary C. Joyce or Kathleen M. Harrington would be new to the job. Both also plan changes in the office.

Democrat DeEtte Ferchen is hanging up her date stamp after 35 years at the desk, and both candidates expressed an eagerness to begin, and a deep respect for the current clerk.

Democrat Joyce, 34, is a political newcomer who said she wants to expand accessibility of the clerk's office. Her first idea is to be open on some weekends and some evenings to provide service to those who can't make it during the day.

"I'd like to help people like working mothers," she said.

She also wants to open more of the processing to the Internet so residents can go online to do business instead of coming in the office.

Joyce studied business at Niagara University and owns Delicate Details and Powerwashing, a car detailing shop that is relocating to Niagara Falls Boulevard.

The Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families nominee, Kathleen M. Harrington, 48, has two years left in her current term as tax receiver in the town.

If elected, she would combine the two offices so that tax receiving duties would be carried out in the clerk's office.

She said she would carry out the part-time tax duties on evenings and weekends.

"Services would improve for residents, escrow companies and banks," she said.

Her other goals are to work closely with Ferchen before the end of the year and learn the process in order to identify anything that could be enhanced or updated.

Highway Superitendent Arthur F. Kroening and Town Justice Robert B. Cliffe are running unopposed.

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