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>Potenza to challenge DiPietro in March 21 village elections

In March 21 elections in East Aurora, Heidi Potenza, the village's deputy mayor, will challenge Mayor David DiPietro, two-term incumbent. Six candidates also will vie for three trustee posts.

The candidates filed their nominating petitions Tuesday, the deadline.
Potenza, finishing her first term as a trustee, announced she will run for the village's top post against DiPietro, who is seeking a third two-year term as mayor. By running for mayor, Potenza forgoes a bid for re-election as trustee.

Two other trustees -- Patrick McDonnell and Elizabeth Cheteny are seeking re-election to two-year terms. They are being challenged by David Peltan, Mary Alice Grant, Ernest F. Scheer and Keith E. Bender, who ran unsuccessfully for trustee in the previous election.

Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. in Village Hall. The mayor receives $5,000 per year, while each trustee gets $3,000.

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