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The search for a candidate to run for Amherst supervisor on the Republican line is continuing, with party leaders saying they are confident they will be fielding a candidate.

"Yes, we will have a candidate," said GOP Chairman Robert J. Gilmore.

Gilmore said he has heard from people who are interested in running for the position, and Republican leadership is waiting for some people who have expressed interest to make a decision.

"We are searching and talking to some folks," Gilmore said. We are not ready to make an announcement. We are waiting on some people, waiting for a final decision."

The GOP's original candidate for supervisor, Edward D. Mooradian, suddenly dropped out of the race for health reasons at the beginning of June.

Mooradian subsequently underwent surgery for a condition neither Mooradian nor GOP officials publicly disclosed.

"He is still in the recuperation mode, and I've not been able to talk to him since surgery," Gilmore said of Mooradian.

As the Republican Party continues looking for a replacement for Mooradian, independent Republican Bill Kindel is continuing his campaign to run in the GOP primary in September. Kindel is not looking for an endorsement from party leaders. Kindel said the Republican majority on the Town Board has voted for tax increases and other projects that he opposes, and therefore, Kindel said, he cannot seek support from party leaders. Instead, Kindel said, he is running in the primary hoping to get Republican endorsement from the Republican voters themselves.

The Republican candidate will run against incumbent Democrat Susan J. Grelick, who is considered a very strong and well-financed candidate.

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