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TWOMBLY ENTERS RACE FOR TOWN BOARD

Jim Twombly, a political science professor and Democratic committeeman, announced Wednesday that he is running for the Amherst Town Board.

Twombly said he is concerned that the current majority on the board does not represent the interests of residents and homeowners.

"Time and time again, special interests, particularly the development community, in this town get greater consideration than the greater majority of people who call this town their home and not just their place of business," Twombly said.

Twombly, 44, is the third Democrat to announce plans to run for one of three board terms expiring this year.

With a fourth Democrat, incumbent Council Member Daniel J. Ward, expected to seek re-election, a Democratic primary is possible.

The other two expiring terms are those of Republicans Jane S. Woodward and Bob Brewer, who are expected to seek re-election. No other Republicans have announced plans to seek the Town Board seats.

On the Democratic side, in addition to Twombly, Planning Board member Paul Beyer and resident James Tricoli have announced they are running for the Town Board.

In announcing his candidacy, Twombly said Amherst needs to refocus efforts to expand the town tax base in Eggertsville and Snyder and needs to make stronger efforts to preserve green space.

Twombly, who has a doctorate in political science, has been with the University at Buffalo for more than 10 years, the past two as assistant dean for educational technology.

His teaching and research, he said, have focused on the legislative and executive branches of government.

Twombly also is a member of Amherst's Government Studies Committee and last year was elected to the state Democratic Committee from the 142nd Assembly District.

In addition to the Town Board seats, the town supervisor's post is up this year.

Democratic Supervisor Susan A. Grelick is expected to seek re-election.

On the Republican side, Councilman Bill Kindel and political newcomer Edward D. Mooradian, a retired school principal, have announced plans to run for supervisor.

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