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The Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee has voted unanimously to make Sean O’Neil its chairman.

O’Neil said he will fill out the remaining term of outgoing Chairman Mark Tramont until a reorganizational meeting in September. Tramont, who will now serve as the committee’s treasurer, said he stepped down because of the demands of his new position as president of St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster.

“I have two goals summed up in two words: winning and growing,” said O’Neil, 41, a former newspaper reporter and freelance writer.

Republicans dominated the town’s political scene for decades until the early 2000s, when Democrats started a takeover of elected offices, including those of the Town Board and supervisor. Democrats also hold an enrollment advantage of more than 6,600 voters over Republicans in the town, according to the Erie County Board of Elections.

O’Neil said he was also briefly a communications aide for the Erie County Legislature and is now employed at the Erie County Water Authority as a water utility worker.

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