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Local Republicans back Perry for president

   A group of prominent local Republicans with long ties to the party have announced support for Rick Perry, the Texas governor expected to join an already crowded GOP presidential field this weekend.
   The group includes three retired state senators -- Dale M. Volker of Depew, Mary Lou Rath of Williamsville, and WalterJ. Floss of Clarence -- who said they are backing Perry because of his "proven record in high public office of creating jobs, improving the economy and dealing with out of control spending at all levels of government."
   "His record in Texas is one of a true job creator who can point to an unmatched record of improving his state’s economy while others are faltering," the 15 Republicans said. "He is a fiscal conservative who cares deeply about people."
   Others joining the group include Victor N. Farley, former Erie County chairman; John B. Long, former Tonawanda town chairman; Ronald Moline, former Tonawanda supervisor; John R. Drexilius, former counsel to the Senate Codes Committee; Marana Woolcock, former president of Government Action Professionals; businessmen Russell Gugino and Dennis Penman, and several others.

--- Robert J. McCarthy 

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