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A surprise independent candidate has submitted qualifying petitions for a trustee's seat in the Sloan village election.

Joseph J. Farris of Atlantic Avenue has filed petitions under the Independent Voice Party, using a talking PacMan face as his party's symbol. Farris, who has lived in the village for 15 years and is employed by Wonderbread, is an Erie Community College graduate.

Farris foresees himself as a possible swing vote on all village issues if the board retains two members of the New Era Party and two members of the People's Choice Party.

"Let's split this 3-2 (board) vote," he said. "I'm here to voice my opinion and let's move forward. I'd rather work together as a unit."

He cited the village's failing sewer system as its top priority, saying the board should align itself with a congressman who can obtain funding to repair the sewers "one street at a time."

There are no other candidates joining Farris on the Independent Voice ticket. "I promise you this: I will be the voice the people will hear," Farris said.

Farris is married and has two children. He is an active member of Bakery and Confectionary Workers Union Local 429.

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