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GOP COMMITTEE ENDORSES SLATE OF CANDIDATES

The Lancaster Republican Committee has endorsed its slate of candidates to run in the November elections, including those for two Town Board seats.

Incumbent Councilwoman Georgette F. Pelletterie, 45, of William Street, leads the ticket. A paralegal with the law firm Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria, Pelletterie was elected in January 2000 to fill a Town Board seat for two years. She is gearing up for re-election to the seat for a full four-year term.

Also a School Board member, Pelletterie just won a second three-year term to the School Board in May.

She scoffs at the idea that she can't effectively execute her dual roles as councilwoman and School Board member.

In fact, she is "most proud" of instituting the first successful agreement between the two governing bodies to hold regular information-sharing meetings. "(Being on both the School Board and Town Board) has been challenging, and I love it," Pelletterie said. "When you take a look at the community as a whole, I truly feel that sitting on both boards only makes it more positive for the community to be able to see both sides of the situation."

If re-elected, her agenda "has and will consist of open government and conservation of resources," she said.

Also endorsed was political newcomer Douglas P. Szary, 36, of William Street.

Szary is a peace officer with the Erie County Department of Corrections. If elected, he plans to help promote governmental communication to address traffic and quality-of-life issues.

"We must include and encourage residents to speak out. There is no limit to our future if our government truly works for the taxpayers," he said.

Also on the ticket is incumbent Highway Superintendent Richard L. Reese Jr. He is being challenged by Democrat Daniel J. Latello, a political newcomer.

Other local candidates on the Republican slate include incumbents Albert E. Martin, 71, of Cayuga Avenue, and Mary E. Terranova, 67, of Stephens Court, as trustees to the public library.

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