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Barker, Wilson mayors face challengers for new terms

Two mayors will face challengers in next month's village elections, with three candidates vying for the post in Barker and two in Wilson.

Three candidates also made the petition deadline Tuesday for two village trustee openings in Barker that will be on the ballot in the March 18 elections.

Mayor Jo Ann Greenwald, seeking re-election to the two-year post in Barker, will be challenged by John Hayden, a former mayor and current village trustee, and Herb Meyer, chairman of the Planning Board.

Greenwald, who is running on the Working People's Party ticket, had served on the Planning Board for 27 years when she defeated Hayden in the 2007 mayoral election.

Hayden served as a trustee from 1981 to 1997, when he was elected mayor, serving until 2003. He returned to the board as a trustee in 2006. Hayden represents the Elder Party, and Meyer campaigns on the Better Barker ticket.

Three candidates have tossed their hats into the ring for two trustee spots in Barker. Incumbents James Harris, running on the Better Community line, and William Bodine, on the Moving Forward ticket, face newcomer Margaret Cole, representing the Clean House Party.

Bodine has served as a trustee since 2006, winning the election after an appointment, and Harris has been on the board since 2007. Cole is the village's former deputy clerk. The office of trustee carries a two-year term.

In Wilson, Mayor Thomas Bateman, a Republican, is running for re-election against Patrick Kelahan, a Democrat.

Bateman has served as mayor since 2000 and as a village trustee from 1997 to 2000. Kelahan made two earlier unsuccessful bids for mayor, in 1987 and 1989. The mayor's term of office is four years. No trustee seats are on the ballot.

In Middleport, Mayor Julia Maedl will run unopposed for another two-year term. She is finishing her fourth term in the mayor's office after becoming a member of the Village Board in 1992.

In addition, two incumbents will run unopposed for new two-year terms. They are Elizabeth Bateman, a trustee since 2001, on the People's Party ticket; and Frank Sarchia, finishing his first term in office, representing the Taxpayer's Party.

Youngstown and Lewiston will not hold village elections this year.

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