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GOP race focuses on supervisor

A longtime councilwoman and a retired businessman are battling for the Republican line in the race for Colden town supervisor.

Annie M. Hoffman, a supervisor for Marrano Marc Equity Corp., joined the town council in 1998. She is stressing her years of experience in town government as an advantage over her opponent, James P. Walter.

"I have the ability to address the citizens' needs and concerns with open, honest, researched answers," she said. "I have a proven track record of being fully committed to preserving and protecting our community's past, present and future."

During her time in office, she said, the town has been active in supporting and promoting the local library, which is now operated by volunteers. Other accomplishments she cites include construction of a permanent restroom facility in the town park, along with her advocacy for the Rails to Trails project.

Walter recently retired after 33 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb, starting as a factory worker and working his way up to become a vice president of manufacturing for a four-plant region in Puerto Rico. Since retiring three years ago, he has worked part time as a business consultant and management coach.

Walter, 55, has been a fire commissioner for three years. He also ran unsuccessfully for town justice last year.

He is stressing efficiency and financial control in town government. If he is elected, he said, he will be accessible to residents and has offered to go to see residents who aren't able to go see him.

"Being the supervisor will be my primary job," he said. "I am retired, I have the time, and I will be a committed supervisor for the people of Colden."

Hoffman, 48, has the endorsement of the local Democratic, Conservative and Independence parties.

Walter has been endorsed by outgoing Colden Supervisor Charles Nuttle, Councilman Jim DePasquale, former town justice Al Kalinowski, County Legislator John Mills and Assemblyman Jack Quinn.

Regardless of who wins the Republican primary on Tuesday, both candidates will appear on the ballot in November on other lines: Walter on the Taxpayers First line, and Hoffman on the Democratic, Independence and Conservative lines.

Meanwhile, David J. Arcara, Patrick C. Murphy and Richard S. Sheldon are vying for two Democratic nominations for Town Board.

Arcara, 44, a member of the support staff with the Holland School District, said one of the most important issues is managing town growth. He wants to make affordable, high-speed Internet access available in all parts of Colden, and to carefully expand the water districts in the town. Arcara is endorsed by the Colden Republican Committee.

Sheldon, 48, is the son of former Councilman Richard H. Sheldon. Murphy, 57, and Richard S. Sheldon did not respond to requests for information.

In November, Arcara will appear on the Republican line of the ballot, as will Stephanie A. Czerniak, who will also be on the Conservative line.

e-mail: mpasciak@buffnews.com

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