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A bid for a political comeback was launched Monday by William L. Kindel, a former Amherst councilman, town clerk and Republican chairman.

Kindel announced his candidacy for one of three seats on the Amherst Town Board that voters will fill this fall.

But Kindel isn't seeking endorsement by the Amherst GOP Town Committee -- which already has six hopefuls vying for three slots on the ticket.

"I will be running as an independent Republican and will seek endorsements of the Conservative and Right to Life parties," he said in a prepared statement.

Kindel was Amherst Republican town chairman for several years in the 1970s. He was a councilman from 1982 to October 1990, when he resigned to accept appointment as town clerk and was replaced on the Town Board by Jane S. Woodward.

Kindel lost the town clerk's job in November 1991 to Susan J. Grelick, the first Democrat and first woman ever to hold the office. Kindel ran for town supervisor in 1993, finishing a distant third behind Thomas J. Ahern, the Republican winner, and former Supervisor Daniel J. Ward, a Democrat.

"Federal and state budget cutbacks will shift more taxes to burden local taxpayers, and we are not sure if the fiscal crisis in Buffalo will spill over into the suburbs," Kindel said Monday.

"Therefore, my view of the current Amherst ship of state is that we are in for heavy weather. My campaign and election to the Town Board as an independent will permit me to perform in office like a small but strong tug boat that moves the larger ship to change course into a new and better direction," he declared.

Kindel said he will campaign to reduce the size of town government, except for police and fire services; "cut red tape at Town Hall;" replace the property tax with a more equitable revenue source; address traffic problems by fixing roads; promote the public's use of open land, and support efforts to revitalize Eggertsville.

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