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REFORM GROUP UNVEILS SLATE OF CANDIDATES

The taxpayer revolt against "business as usual" gained more names and faces Friday night as a group seeking to unseat incumbent politicians announced 10 candidates for office.

"These are some very qualified people, very much unlike what you're used to," said Leonard Ruberto of Primary Challenge. "You can have it the way you've been getting it, or you can have it the way it should be."

About 250 people were on hand for the "Freedom Rally" at the Buffalo Convention Center as Ruberto, who founded Primary Challenge in response to the county's recent budget debacle, introduced the candidates.

Running for mayor of Buffalo is Judith Einack, who also received the Green Party endorsement Friday. Einack, a Buffalo native who earned a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said the name of the gathering was appropriate.

"Tonight is our freedom rally, freedom from recycled politicians who, if they had solutions, would have delivered them by now," she said. "They are part of the problem."

Robert Stoklosa, who plans to run for county comptroller, said he would be a "SMART" candidate; SMART is an acronym for "save money and reduce taxes."

Kenneth Pryor hopes to unseat Legislature Chairman George A. Holt, D-Buffalo. "I'm not a politician," Pryor said. "I'm a public servant."

Grand Island contractor Rus Thompson said he was eager to campaign against 10th District Legislator Charles M. Swanick, R-Kenmore. "You've stabbed us in the back for the last time, Chuck," he said.

Thomas Troy will run against Legislature Majority Leader Lynn Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, in the 11th District. He depicted the county as "a loading dock to ship out our talent and our youth to other parts of the country."

Larry Covert, a Vietnam veteran, retired state Department of Transportation engineer and county Hazardous Materials technician, will run in the 1st District against Legislator Edward J. Kuwik, D-Lackawanna, who has served since 1983. Thomas J. Jackson, former football coach at West Seneca East High School, has already announced a Democratic primary challenge of Kuwik.

Corporate counsel Cynthia E. Locklear of West Seneca will oppose 9th District Legislator Timothy M. Wroblewski, D-West Seneca.

Joseph Gartler, who will run in the 2nd District against Timothy M. Kennedy, D-South Buffalo, said he was "not a politician first and foremost, and I think that's good."

The slate will have two dentists: Dr. Janet Pope Schumer of Hamburg, who will challenge Jeanne Z. Chase, R-Evans, in the 12th district, and Dr. Patrick Keem of East Aurora, who will run in the 13th district, where incumbent Steven P. McCarville, R-Orchard Park, is not seeking re-election. Orchard Park Councilman John Mills, a Republican, has also announced his candidacy for that seat.

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