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With the Nov. 4 election just weeks away, a Kenmore group came out swinging Tuesday against a ballot measure that would change village elections to November from March.

"We're going to defeat it," vowed Paul Billoni, a Republican member of the Village Board from 1981 to 1993, referring to the measure championed by the local Democratic Committee.

In an appearance before the Village Board, Billoni announced he has formed a group, Save the Village From Extinction, to fight the
referendum. Billoni said his organization contains several Democrats and is bipartisan.

The measure was put on the ballot after two petition drives by Democrats, who traditionally do better in general elections and hope changing election dates will help them win a seat on the all-GOP board.

Democrats contend that moving the election to November would improve turnout, because general elections usually bring out more voters. They also say it would save the cost of holding a separate village election in March, about $5,000.

Billoni and his group, as well as Republican board member, argue that the focus on village issues would be lost in a general election.

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