In January, Town Clerk Marilyn K. Allgeier is likely to become Western New York's first great-grandmother to be elected a town supervisor.
She will achieve that distinction in her first attempt to gain the office, and she'll gain without opposition.
That became clear in September when in a 392-388 vote she defeated incumbent Supervisor Walter E. Evans for the Republican nomination. He dropped from further contention.
"I don't have to do much campaigning because the Democrats aren't very active in Wilson," she said.
In choosing to become supervisor, Mrs. Allgeier will be trading her present $28,000 pay for an office that pays $12,000 and also carries uncounted headaches.
"I did not make the switch for the money," she said.
But Marilyn Allgeier, vigorous and assertive at 68, is no political novice. "I grew up in politics," she said. "My father had been a Niagara County treasurer and I have been Wilson town clerk for 32 years."
Wilson is a town of 7,000 bordering Lake Ontario. Mainly residential, its growth has been modest. "It's the way we like it," the future supervisor said. "Wilson Central School is the biggest employer with the B. Marzetti Pfeiffer salad dressing plant the next largest."
Marilyn Allgeier's town clerk career reached a peak in 1992 when her fellow town clerks named her "clerk of the year."
Mrs. Allgeier said, "I think I know how to deal with people."
That skill may be needed in the current dispute over the proposed $550,000 installation of a sewer line for 84 Sunset Island properties, mostly summer residences.
"That project was supposed to have started this fall, but may be held over until next year. Some residents object to the estimated $600 to $800 annual costs," Mrs. Allgeier said.
Last June, a referendum settled the dispute over the location of the Sprint Spectrum communications tower.
"I expect that there will be other problems," she said. "But I will have have good people to work with in the new Town Board." Bruce Muck and Brad Clark will be new councilmen.
Mrs. Allgeier's husband, Michael Allgeier, a retired chemical plant operator, "is enthusiastic about my becoming supervisor," she said. "He was my campaign manager, but he doesn't have to do much campaigning."
The Allgeiers have two children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.