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ANDERSON SAYS PARTY RACE SPARKED BY DESIRE FOR GOP UNITY

Assemblyman Richard R. Anderson, calling himself the political leader who can unite Amherst Republicans, said he is in the race to become the town's next GOP chairman.

"I thought that might be part of my next life, so to speak, after the Assembly," said Anderson, who is not seeking re-election to the Assembly.

"With the results of last year and going back many years, the Amherst Republican Committee has had factions in it, and that has been very detrimental to electing Republicans and unifying the Republican Party. I feel confident I could unite a lot of those people together," he said.

Last November, Democrats gained control of Buffalo's largest suburb for the first time after Susan J. Grelick and Daniel J. Ward won their respective races for town supervisor and town council member.

Democrats hold a 4-3 majority on the Town Board.

Also seeking the chairmanship of the town's GOP party are Joe Speth, Zoning Board chairman, and Brian Rusk, a former county legislator who is assistant public relations officer for the Thruway Authority.

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