Although the supervisor race in Eden is a given, with longtime Supervisor Glenn Nellis running unopposed, there are several contested races to be decided, including a four-way contest for two seats on the Town Board.
Longtime councilman and incumbent Edward Krycia Jr., 57, has served 13 nonconsecutive years on the board, five of them as deputy supervisor. He's married, with one child, and works as an assistant office manager and construction estimator. He has Democratic and Independence parties endorsements.
During his tenure on the Town Board, Krycia says he worked to negotiate new health care packages for the town police and highway departments, saving thousands of tax dollars. He also helped in the development of a new sign ordinance, the establishment of a tax incentive plan to aid local business growth and the development of a historic preservation ordinance.
Krycia says he loves the Town of Eden and knows how to maintain good government.
"I grew up here," he says. "I believe in the Town of Eden and the people who live here."
Challenger Glenn McLaughlin, 26, is making his first bid for public office. A corrections officer, he is married with one child and another on the way, and is endorsed by the Democrat, Independence and Working Families parties.
McLaughlin says he is running for the board because he wants to help maintain the town's character.
"I plan to stay here," he says. "I want Eden to stay the way I remember it. I want to make the difference. Eden is in real danger of becoming indistinguishable from the other towns in the area. We have an identity, and we want to keep it."
McLaughlin says while he wants to see development in the town, it can't be to the detriment of the town's character.
Challenger Jack Cuddihy, 45, has the endorsement of the Republican and Conservative parties in his bid for a seat on the Town Board.
"I'm not a politician," he says. "This is my first time running for any office."
Cuddihy said he considers himself a student of the way government runs and the way decisions are made, and feels intelligent growth is one of the biggest challenges facing the town.
A financial adviser, Cuddihy is married and has three children. He has served on the town's Conservation Board for seven years.
"After being in the financial world for 20 years, I've gained a lot of useful experience that would be helpful to the town," he says.
Incumbent Vincent J. Vacco, who is endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties, was not available to be interviewed by The Buffalo News.
The other contested race in the town is for the two assessor positions. Incumbent Sharon A. Brockman is seeking re-election, and has the endorsement of the Democrat, Independence and Working Families parties.
Challengers for the two seats are Republican Pamela Schreiber, who also has the Conservative endorsement; Susan D. Tabaczynski, who is running on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines; and Diane F. Zelasko, who is running on the Democratic line.