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Suburban elections: Shaw wins Democratic primary for Hamburg town supervisor

James M. Shaw got more votes than Dennis Gaughan on Tuesday night. But to become the next Hamburg town supervisor, he’ll have to do it again in November.

Shaw and Gaughan are both registered Democrats. Shaw received the Democratic endorsement and Gaughan was endorsed by the Republicans and challenged Shaw in the Democratic primary.

Shaw won 75 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, Gaughan just 24 percent, with all but one of the precincts counted, according to unofficial Erie County Board of Elections results.

The two men will meet again in a two-way race in November. Shaw also has the Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. Gaughan, who will be on the Republican, Independence and Reform parties lines, won a Conservative primary against Amy McKnight on Tuesday.

Democrats have the enrollment edge over Republicans in Hamburg, 42 to 29 percent.

Shaw, who is a past chairman of the town Democratic Party, said he would like to de-emphasize politics on the Town Board.

“Certain things about the conduct of the Town Board offended me,” he told The Buffalo News last month, citing secrecy, violation of the Open Meetings Law and “constant” bickering. “Maybe I can bring some common sense and integrity.”

Amherst Town Board

Erin Baker, left, and Joe Spino, right, were winners over Chris Drongosky in a three-way GOP primary for Amherst Town Board.

In Amherst, endorsed Republicans Erin K. Baker and Joseph A. Spino Jr. easily beat back a challenge from Christopher Drongosky for two seats to be vacated on the Town Board. Baker is chief of staff for Assemblyman Ray Walter and Spino is special projects coordinator for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Baker won 46 percent of the vote, Spino 43 percent and Drongosky 11 percent with all but one precinct counted.

Drongosky launched a primary challenge mainly to push for seizing the former Westwood Country Club through eminent domain and turning it into a 171-acre recreational park.

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Baker and Spino go on to face Democrats Jacqualine G. Berger and Shawn A. Lavin and Conservative candidate Bill Kindel in November. Democrats currently hold a 3-2 majority on the five-member board.

Cheektowaga Town Council

In Cheektowaga, three seats on the Town Council are up for election in November. In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, voters chose newcomer Brian M. Nowak and incumbent Timothy J. Meyers, while James P. Rogowski held a narrow 44-vote lead over fellow incumbent Alice Magierski late Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections.

Rogowski, Meyers and Nowak were endorsed by the town Democratic Committee. Rogowski, the longest-serving board member, is seeking his fourth term since joining the board in 2005. Magierski, who last year returned to the council to fill a vacated seat, will still appear on the Conservative line.

The Democrats will face Republicans Patrick J. Delaney, Roger Heymanowski and Doreen A. Friedrich and Green Party candidate Carol S. Przybylak in November. The winners will serve four-year terms on the seven-member board consisting of six councilmembers and the supervisor. The current board is all-Democratic.


In Orchard Park, incumbent Supervisor Patrick J. Keem handily overcame challenger Edward M. Shanahan in the Republican primary.

There is no Democratic candidate and Keem is the presumed winner in November, although Shanahan will appear on the “Orchard Parks Voice” party line.

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