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Viele wins GOP primary for Batavia council seat

BATAVIA – Pledging to keep taxes at a minimum, Paul L. Viele said he is eager to take on the challenge as the Ward One representative on City Council.

Viele took a huge step toward his goal on Thursday night when he won the Republican Party primary against incumbent Kris Doeringer.

Viele received 110 votes to Doeringer’s 25.

Unless there is a write-in candidate, Viele, 38, will run unopposed in November. He also has the endorsement of the Conservative Party.

“I didn’t anticipate winning that big,” said Viele, vice president of Viele Development & Construction, Inc., and 61 Swan St. of Batavia, Inc. “I want to thank the people who supported me and I want them to know I’m not going to let them down.”

Viele said that keeping taxes down is his top priority.

“We can’t afford to spend money foolishly,” he said. “Many people are on fixed incomes, and we can’t keep raising taxes.”

He said that he hopes to find a solution to the deer problem in his ward, which is in the city’s northeast sector, and that Council needs to resolve the ownership issues with the City Centre Mall.

Doeringer could not be reached for comment.

In the other Republican primary, incumbent John Canale defeated Richard Richmond, 41-20, in Ward Three, which is in the northwest part of the city. Richmond will be on the fall ballot as the Conservative candidate.

Results from the Board of Elections of other Republican Party primary elections in Genesee County on Thursday:

Bergen Town Clerk: Michele Smith, 213; Vicky Truax, 57; Connie VanHoute, 33.

Bethany Highway Superintendent: Joel Merle, 75; Norman Fleming, 56.

Byron Town Supervisor: Peter Yasses, 157; Gerald Heins, 114.

Byron Town Board (two seats): James Cudney, 191; Alfred Klycek Jr., 126; John Sackett Jr., 114.

Byron Highway Superintendent: Brian Forsyth, 173; David Leaton Jr., 99.

Pavilion Town Supervisor: Theron Howard, 130; Gary Knepshield, 117.

Pavilion Town Board (two seats): Dean Davis, 177; John Rudgers, 123; Kevin Clary, 109; Donald Carney, 36.

Pavilion Highway Superintendent, Joel Offhaus, 118; Steven Thompson, 94; Ronald Zarbo, 29.