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Newstead Supervisor Donald C. Holmes, who is seeking a fourth two-year term, will face Councilman Thomas L. Cowan in the Nov. 4 election.

Holmes, a Democrat, said during his term as supervisor he has streamlined the business operation, computerized Town Hall, and made the process of town government more "user-friendly."

"I'm at the Town Hall an average of 20 to 25 hours a week," Holmes said, noting that accessibility is important in the daily operations of the town. He added that some goals are to improve communications with the public on all aspects of town government, complete work on the Akron Denio Memorial Library renovation project and extend the Village of Akron bike path to the Clarence Center line.

Republican challenger Thomas L. Cowan, stressing the need for change in town government, said: "It's time for government to be revitalized and leadership to change so we might energize and seek alternative problem solving ideas."

Cowan, a retired Alden Central school teacher who has been a member of the Town Board for 10 years, said he favors maintaining a rural community. He will focus on "strength through communication" between public officials on the town and village boards.

In the 1993 race for supervisor, Holmes defeated Cowan by a vote of 1,268 to 1,016.

Two incumbent councilmen seeking re-election, Republicans Gerald F. Summe, a board member since 1986, and Thomas R. George, who is completing his first four-year term, are unopposed.

Town Justice Dennis R. Freeman, Highway Superintendent Gary Fogal and Town Clerk Carole D. Borchert are also running unopposed.

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