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INCUMBENTS EXPECTED TO LOSE SEATS ON COUNCIL

Unless something strange happens, Buffalo's Common Council will undergo another face lift come January.

Incumbents, for the second time in as many years, are expected to lose their seats to political newcomers.

Lovejoy Council Member David J. Czajka and South Council Member Bonnie Kane Lockwood are on the ballot as minor-party candidates but are long shots to win re-election.

Mrs. Lockwood, a two-term Democrat, lost a close primary race, bowing to challenger Dennis T. Manley. Czajka lost to 25-year-old political neophyte Richard A. Fontana.

Manley, a former National Fuel employee, won the primary with the backing of former Mayor James D. Griffin and Deputy County Executive James P. Keane, both longtime South Buffalo political leaders.

During the campaign, Manley generated controversy by circulating fliers that made race an issue. The fliers claim that residents of the Perry public housing complex could move into a South Buffalo apartment house once a partial demolition of the complex begins next year.

The race also features Denis P. Coakley, the Republican and Independence candidate.

Fontana, from a well-known Lovejoy family, narrowly defeated Czajka after campaigning on his opposition to the garbage fee and what he called Czajka's lack of leadership and involvement in the community.

Running against Fontana and Czajka are Mark D. Lopez, the Republican and Liberal candidate, and Ricky T. Donovan, the Independence candidate.

Here's a breakdown of the other races:

Fillmore: One of the Council's most senior members, Democrat David A. Franczyk, is seeking his seventh term on the Council. Franczyk is taking on Ronald H. Fleming, publisher of a community newspaper and owner of a photography business.

Fleming, former president of the Broadway Area Business Association, has campaigned on the need for more neighborhood amenities, including a swimming pool, supermarket and playgrounds.

Niagara: Republican candidate Antoinette "Toni" Guercio is taking on incumbent Democrat Robert Quintana, a first-term lawmaker who also has Independence and Conservative backing.

Ellicott: Incumbent Democrat Barbara A. Miller-Williams, 41, a Buffalo police officer on leave, is finishing her third year as representative of the near East Side and lower West Side. Sandra D. Waugaman-Beck is the Republican candidate.

University: Challenger Betty Jean Grant is running as a Liberal Party candidate against incumbent Kevin J. Helfer, a Conservative who also has Republican and Independence support.

North: Incumbent Dale L. Zuchlewski, a Democrat who also has Independence and Conservative support, is seeking a fifth term on the Council. David L. Penna is running as the Republican candidate.

Delaware: Republican challenger Anthony R. Lombardo is running against incumbent Democrat Alfred T. Coppola, who also has Independence and Conservative backing.

Masten: Freshman Council Member Byron W. Brown, a Democrat and a potential future candidate for mayor, is running unopposed after defeating two candidates in the primary.

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