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Democrats endorse Wojtaszek for Niagara DA

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Caroline A. Wojtaszek, a former sex crime prosecutor, was endorsed for Niagara County district attorney Thursday by the county Democratic Committee in a major step toward what may turn out to be an unopposed candidacy to become the county’s first woman DA.

Wojtaszek already had the endorsement of the Independence Party, and she said in two weeks she will meet with the Republican Committee to seek its endorsement. Ronald J. Winter and Brian D. Seaman, other Republicans who had considered a run, have withdrawn.

Wojtasazek is married to Henry F. Wojtaszek, the former county GOP chairman. Asked if that relationship made the Democrats reluctant to endorse Caroline Wojtaszek, Democratic Chairman Nicholas J. Forster said, “Not really. Obviously, she’s Caroline and Henry’s Henry. Caroline has been a registered Democrat her whole life.”

“This party was very open-minded and inclusive,” the candidate said, adding, “It should be a nonpartisan office.”

Forster said other Democrats who had been under consideration, including Joseph F. Townsend, Robert Viola and Andrew A. Ligammari, all had dropped out of the race.