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Dunkirk mayor loses party backing, plans primary run

DUNKIRK – There is going to be a primary in September for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Dunkirk.

The city Democratic committee on Thursday endorsed Councilman-at-large Willie Rosas.

On Friday, Mayor A.J. Dolce said he will run in a September primary.

After receiving the committee’s backing, Rosas said, “I think they realize that change is needed, and I am ready to give them changes.”

He said that he already has formed a committee to help him with fundraising and is prepared to run against Dolce in the primary.

Rosas said one of his campaign platforms will be to improve communication. He also said he thinks the duties of department heads need to be reviewed and thinks that some city department managers have too much power.

Rosas took the councilman-at-large seat last September when Stephanie Kyak resigned.

Dolce served 10 years on the City Council prior to being elected mayor.

The city Democratic committee also endorsed incumbent Council members Andy Gonzales and Stacey Szukala and offered to back William Rivera, the current 2nd Ward councilman, for the at-large position currently held by Rosas.

City Treasurer Mark Woods also was endorsed for re-election.