Williamsville's Village Vision Party has endorsed a former Village Board member and a member of the Planning Board for two Village Board seats on the ballot in the June 21 election.
Hoping to broaden a bare majority, the party is backing Richard Sweeney, a board member from 1987 to 1991, and Brian Geary, a four-year member of the Village Planning Board and the Village Tree Board. Both candidates also serve on the Glen Park Joint Board.
The seats currently are held by Joseph P. Frese, who ran unopposed on the Harmony Party line in 2001, and Joan E. Seamans, who narrowly turned back a last-minute write-in campaign to win a vacant seat last June.
Whether they plan to seek re-election remained unknown. The two have banded together to oppose the three other board members on some crucial issues. They were highly critical, for example, of purchasing the historical Williamsville mill, arguing the plan had been rushed through and already was draining taxpayer money.
The Vision Party capture control of village government from the Harmony Party in June 2003, with the election of F. Ray Hazlett as mayor, Mary Lowther and Ron Daniels as trustees, and Jeffrey F. Voekl as village justice. That election attracted a record voter turnout as the Vision Party vowed to reclaim Main Street from cars.