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Election voter guide: Elma


Town Supervisor

Dennis M. Powers (i) R,I,C

John Schmelzer D

What to know: Dennis Powers, a graduate of the University of Buffalo with an accounting and finance degree is seeking his second full two-year term as Supervisor. Powers released a 2014 budget this month that has no town tax, and reduced or flat taxes in all districts except the Fire Protection District. The town has no debt and a fund balance of $1.9 million. Powers previously served as a councilman for two full terms and was chosen to fill out the rest of Supervisor Michael Nolan’s term when he resigned.

Democrat John Schmelzer, a retired NY Central Railroad engineer and a current assistant chief of the Elma Fire Co., is making his second run against Powers. Schmelzer is also treasurer of the Elma Fire Company Benevolent Association. He is against what he calls “the friends and family deal” at the town hall for jobs. He believes in giving everyone a chance at a job, especially for summer jobs for kids. He is also against part-time health care for part-time employees.

Councilman (elect 2)

Tracy W. Petrocy (i) R,C,I

Thomas M. Fallon (i) C,R,I

Yvon Boulet D

What to know: Councilmen Tracy W. Petrocy, a local jewelry store owner, and Thomas M. Fallon, a businessman with Derrick Co., are running for their second four-year terms and are being challenged by newcomer to politics, Democrat Yvon (Ivan) Boulet, Canisius College student studying political Science and Criminal Justice. He is presently employeed by Dial America Inc. selling home insurance and credit card protection.

Highway Superintendent

Wayne A. Clark (i) R,C,I

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