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Conservatives endorse candidates in Amherst

Seven Amherst candidates – including three Democrats and three Republicans – picked up the Conservative Party endorsement for this year’s elections.

The Amherst Conservative Committee threw its support behind Democrats Francina J. Spoth and Deborah Bruch Bucki for the two open seats on the Town Board. The committee supported Conservative Kathy R. Kaminski for highway superintendent. Kaminski is also endorsed by the Democrats.

Republican Marjory H. Jaeger won backing from Amherst Conservatives in her bid for a second term as town clerk, while Town Justice Geoffrey K. Klein will be on the Republican, Democratic and Conservative lines in November.

The Amherst Conservative Committee also recommended Democrat Thomas A. Loughran for the Erie County Legislature’s 5th District and Republican Edward A. Rath III for the county’s 6th District, said William L. Kindel, chairman of the committee.

Amherst Conservatives met last Thursday to endorse candidates.

There are 1,350 registered Conservatives in Amherst compared to 30,124 Democrats and 25,468 Republicans, according to enrollment figures from the Erie County Board of Elections. Some look at the Conservative Party numbers as insignificant, but its endorsement can be crucial considering the margin between Democrats and Republicans in Amherst, Kindel said.

“Amherst used to be strong Republican, now it’s more Democrats,” Kindel said. “We’re like the determining factor which side is going to go up and which side is going to go down.”

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