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Three candidates are running for two Village Board openings in Orchard Park in next month's election.

Republican incumbent John Wilson is running for a full four-year term. Republican Fran Hogenkamp and Democrat Kathleen A. Burr are also running.

Republican Tom Morrow is not seeking re-election after 16 years on the board.

Patricia Dickman, mayor for 12 years, is unopposed for a fourth term.

Voting will be from noon to 9 p.m. March 20.

Wilson, an engineer for the Town of Orchard Park, was appointed to the Village Board to fill an unexpired term in 1999 and ran unopposed to fill the final year of the term in 2000.

Wilson said he was running with the goal of "preserving the quality of life in the Village of Orchard Park and the amenities that go along with it."

"There can be change, but the change has to be controlled," he said.

Burr, an attorney for Saperston & Day in Buffalo, is running for elective office for the first time. A lawyer since 1990, Burr is a former radio reporter for WGR-AM in Buffalo and WLVL-AM in Lockport.

Hogenkamp operates a family business, Hogenkamp Optics, in Orchard Park.

Among their campaign priorities, all three candidates emphasized maintaining the village atmosphere in Orchard Park, whose current population is about 3,200.

"I love living in the Village of Orchard Park," said Burr, a resident for seven years. "I want to see that its charm and character are protected and promoted in the future, so I decided I would take a run for it."

Hogenkamp said one of his priorities would be keeping businesses in business during the reconstruction of Routes 24 0/2 77 -- Buffalo Street -- in 2002.

"As a village, we have to give encouragement to residents to patronize those businesses, even if you may have to walk a little farther, or over a little gravel."

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