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Trustee Gaughan announces decision to run for mayor

Village of Hamburg residents are expected to have at least three candidates for mayor to choose from in the March election with Wednesday's announcement by Trustee Paul G. Gaughan that he is seeking the job.

Mayor Curt S. Herrmann said he is still undecided whether to seek a second term.

If he does not run, Trustee Daniel S. O'Connell is expected to. O'Connell would only say that he, too, is undecided, "but I want to continue to serve the village in some capacity."

Thomas Moses, retired village recreation director, previously announced his candidacy.

A trustee for five years and former deputy mayor, Gaughan has been liaison to the state Department of Transportation for the Route 62 reconstruction project and said he is the right person to lead the village through what will be a major, two-year disruption beginning a year from now.

"I believe that my proven record of progressive leadership, my experience in seeing a wide range of important projects through to completion and my fervent belief that together we can make the Village of Hamburg the inviting and thriving place it once was make me the best choice for mayor," Gaughan said.

"Managing change and revitalization is a big challenge, and I think I'm up to it," he said.

Gaughan said his accomplishments include working with other officials to have the pedestrian light installed on Legion Drive, twice obtaining computers for the Hamburg Youth Center, obtaining a $30,000 grant to revitalize Memorial Park over three years, instituting an alternative sentencing program with local courts to have work done in the village and obtaining funds for improvements to Peace Park and the village swimming pool.

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