Neither candidate for Boston highway superintendent has been elected before in the town, but both know their way around a backhoe.
The incumbent is Richard Poore, who was appointed to the position earlier this year when Wayne Kreitzbender resigned after pleading guilty to official misconduct.
Poore is running on the Republican line after previously running for both Town Board and highway superintendent as a Democrat.
Facing him is Robert Telaak, a Democrat running for election for the first time.
Both candidates have experience in the field, though.
Poore was a two-term highway superintendent in the Town of Cuba in Allegany County. He left Cuba in the late 1980s after 18 years with its Highway Department. He has lived in Boston for the past 16 years.
Poore, 58, is vice president and part-owner of Richard-Cin Signs & Supplies, the company he founded with his wife in the early 1990s. He said he hasn't played an active part in the company since taking over as Boston highway superintendent, leaving the running of the business to his wife and a full-time employee.
Poore gave up his New York State retirement to take the Boston job.
"I gave up a lot to take this job, and I intend to keep it," Poore said. "My main objective in this town is to straighten out all the drainage problems that have been neglected for years and years. And I want to continue the good service we've had, with a good crew and plowing snow and stuff."
Telaak, 48, is a lifelong resident of Boston. Since graduating from high school in 1975, he has worked as a paver for an excavating company putting in storm sewers, sanitary sewers and water lines and running his own trucking firm.
In recent years, Telaak has run his own business, operating a backhoe and bulldozer as a subcontractor. He has frequently done paving work for the Village and Town of Hamburg.
Telaak also called fixing drainage problems the biggest issue the town's Highway Department faces.
"I've been doing this kind of work since 1975, and I've done a lot of work in town," Telaak said. "We've got a lot of problems from the past because things weren't done right years ago, and they should be changed."