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Amherst Republicans not yet ready to declare candidacy

The slate of Democratic candidates for fall races in the Town of Amherst is starting to take shape, but Republicans expect to take another month before making any announcements.

"We don't have any official announcements on that quite yet," town GOP Committee Chairman Carl Balmas said Thursday. "We're in the process of interviewing candidates at this time. We have a few interested in running but none of them want to declare just yet."

The News reported Tuesday that Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa is seeking the Democratic endorsement for town supervisor. And at least two Democrats have declared their candidacy for two Town Board seats that will be vacated this year, said Jerome D. Schad, chairman of the town's Democratic Committee. They are Shawn A. Lavin, an accountant, and Jacqualine G. Berger, an educator.

Meanwhile, Republicans expect to make official announcements by the end of February, Balmas said, just before its committee meets to make endorsements in early March.

"We'll have our full slate definitely by then," he said.

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