The Amherst Republican Committee endorsed Joseph Spino for election to the Town Board on Thursday night after Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein withdrew his bid for the party's backing.
Weinstein, who can't run for re-election because of term limits, had weighed entering the race for one of two Town Board seats up for grabs this fall.
But Weinstein needed town law amended for that to happen, and the registered Conservative also needed the endorsement of town Republicans. At the start of Thursday's meeting at the American Legion George F. Lamm Post No. 622 in Amherst, Weinstein bowed out in favor of party unity, said Carl Balmas, the town Republican chairman.
Balmas said Weinstein earned a standing ovation for deferring to Spino, an employee of the Erie County District Attorney's Office. The committee previously endorsed Erin Baker, chief of staff to Assemblyman Ray Walter, for the other seat.
As expected, the committee also endorsed Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger for supervisor.