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Primary is key for board race

One candidate for Brant Town Board won't make the November ballot if he doesn't at least place in next week's Republican Party primary.

Clark H. Borngraber needs more votes than either Sherman E. Reickart Jr. or Jeffrey W. Gier to keep his candidacy alive. The latter two will appear on the November ballot on other party lines.

Gier and fellow incumbent Roseann Turner are seeking re-election. Gier was the only one of the three Republican primary candidates to respond to a questionnaire submitted by The Buffalo News.

The 54-year-old plant superintendent at Gernatt Asphalt Products is completing his first term on the Town Board and had served 10 years on the North Collins School Board.

Among his Town Board accomplishments, he lists efforts to keep taxes level, his working relationship with the highway department and securing funds for the local volunteer fire department.

Looking forward, Gier said the biggest issues facing the town are the lack of a police chief and a shrinking tax base.

Gier said his work on the school board -- including negotiating teachers contracts and working on a $12 million renovation at the central school -- and in the private sector set him apart from the competition.

"Coming from the private sector of business gives me the capabilities of looking at both the public and private point of view while putting budgets together and working on projects," he said.

"I feel as councilman that the citizens of Brant should come first in all of our efforts or, as I say, 'Brant first,' " Gier said.


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