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Eppolito, Allan vie for GOP nod

Possession of the Republican Party line in the November election for Concord supervisor will be decided in Tuesday's primary.

Supervisor Mark L. Steffan, a Democrat who is moving to the Nashville, Tenn., area, is not seeking re-election.

John E. Allan, the endorsed Democratic candidate, is challenging Springville Mayor Gary A. Eppolito, the endorsed Republican candidate, for the Republican nomination.

Allan had received a letter from the Erie County Independence Party congratulating him on receiving the party's endorsement, but was notified two months later that the party's petition to the Board of Elections had been disqualified.

Allan contends Anthony L. Orsini, Independence Party county chairman, took the nomination away and had petitions submitted to give Eppolito the party's line after he refused to include Kim Gentner -- Orsini's daughter and a candidate for Concord town justice -- on a joint petition for the primary.

"I called Tony, and he said, 'You wouldn't endorse my daughter for judge, so I took it away,' " Allan said. "I told him, 'I never said that. I said I didn't want our names together on the same petition.' "

Orsini said that wasn't true. Instead, he said, the county executive board decided not to accept the town chairman's recommendation to endorse Allan.

"Eppolito had more votes there than Allan did," Orsini said.

Eppolito says he's running for supervisor because he wants to smooth relations between the town and the Village of Springville.

"I felt strongly that there needed to be change in town government, and the village is finding it nearly impossible to work with the town leadership," Eppolito said. "And we're facing a lot of growth, and the growth is starting to spread into the town, and it has no master plan. We adopted a joint master plan six or seven years ago, and the town never adopted one."

Allan cited his previous experience as interim supervisor and his 20 years on the Town Planning Board.
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