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Leader of Amherst Democrats backs Kulpa for supervisor

The leader of the Democratic Party in the Town of Amherst says he's "encouraged" by the candidacy of Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa for town supervisor.

"I think Brian is a good leader because I think he's got a vision for how to make the town a really great place to live," said Jerome D. Schad, chairman of the town's Democratic Committee. "I think he's going to give us a real chance of improving our neighborhoods and the overall livability of the town, which is key for it to continue to be prosperous."

Kulpa announced Tuesday that he will seek the post currently held by Barry A. Weinstein, who cannot run for a third term by town law. Weinstein was elected as a Republican.

Meanwhile, two Democrats have declared their candidacy for two Town Board seats that will be vacated this year. They are Shawn A. Lavin, an accountant, and Jacqualine G. Berger, an educator, Schad said. There may be others, he added.

"I think there's a heightened interest in our government right now and I think this may be a year with many options," he said.

The Democratic Committee of about 160 residents will meet in late April or early May to make endorsements.

Kulpa will be good for improving town infrastructure, green space and "good for sensible, managed development," Schad said.

"I think our problem has been for years that it's largely unmanaged development without a focus on how to make the town a better place to live," he said. "And I think he'll turn that around."

Schad says he sees Kulpa as the party's future, and Amherst's, too.

"We really haven't been lucky enough to have a sterling candidate of his caliber in a while," he said. "Not that the others weren't good, but he's an outstanding guy."

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