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Citizens Party makes endorsements

The Citizens Party of the Village of Lancaster has announced its slate of endorsed candidates for the March 20 village elections.

Residents in the village will elect three trustees to represent each of the village's three wards. There are two seats for each ward on the Village Board, but only one seat in each ward is up for election every other year.

"We're seeking to continue the policy of providing good services to the community and to keeping taxes at a relatively low rate," Citizens Party Chairman Jerome F. Collins said Thursday.

Incumbent Kenneth L. O'Brien III, 48, has been endorsed by the party for a third term as a First Ward trustee. O'Brien, a third-generation village resident, is a vice president at M&T Bank and serves as team manager and chairman of the Lancaster-Depew Junior Redskins Football and Cheerleading Association "Trench Trophy" board.

O'Brien of Lakeside Crescent is chairman of the Village Board's Human Resources Committee and is credited with helping reduce the cost of contractually mandated health care benefits for retired village workers. He is also chairman of the board's Public Works Committee.

Trustee Paul M. Maute, 49, a fourth-generation resident of the village, is also seeking election to a third term as a Third Ward trustee. Maute, of Aurora Street, is employed by Avox Systems, formerly known as Scott Aviation. He is a past president of Local 81326, International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers-Communications Workers of America. Maute has also been involved with Lancaster Elks.

Newcomer Edward M. Marki, 37, was endorsed to succeed his grandfather, Edward Myer, as a Second Ward trustee. Myer is not seeking re-election after serving five consecutive terms. A native of Lancaster, Marki has been a teacher in the Lancaster School District for 12 years. Marki, of Laverack Avenue, holds a degree in criminal justice.

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