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Anti-sludge candidates stay on Wheatfield ballot

WHEATFIELD – Candidates for Town of Wheatfield offices on the independent No Bio-Sludge Party ticket narrowly survived challenges to their nominating petitions Tuesday, and will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Niagara County Election Commissioners Jennifer A. Fronczak and Lora A. Allen said they invalidated 69 of the signatures on the party’s nominating petitions, but that left 266 valid signatures, which is four more than the minimum needed to qualify for the ballot.

The candidates on the independent line all lost major-party primaries last week. Thomas J. Larson lost a Republican supervisor race to incumbent Robert B. Cliffe, which councilman hopefuls David T. Lee, Republican, and Thomas J. Stevenson, Democrat, lost in their respective primaries. The GOP is running incumbent Councilmen Larry L. Helwig and Gilbert G. Doucet for re-election, while the Democratic nominees are Gerald J. McCormick for supervisor and Robert W. Flammia and Shirley J. Joy for councilman.