Aurora's three-way Republican primary for town supervisor Tuesday is sparking questions on issues including fiscal stability and openness in town government.
Incumbent Dwight Krieger, 67, has no formal party endorsement. Challenging him are political newcomer Jolene Jeffe, the endorsed Republican candidate, and former Aurora Supervisor Thomas Cotton, a registered Republican who has the Democratic Party endorsement.
Krieger, owner of the Aurora Liquor store and a former councilman, touts his experience in government as a key strength. He disputes assertions that he runs a secret-style government that shuns public input.
"Look at our track record. The Town Board has been very positive and open, and looking out for the best for the community," Krieger said.
Cotton, 68, served as supervisor from 2000 to 2004, when much of the public water projects were approved in the southern part of the town.
"It's debt service that people themselves voted for," Cotton said.
Jeffe, who also has the Conservative and Independence parties' endorsements, said the town needs to be more fiscally responsible and hold taxes down, as well as allow for more dialogue at Town Board meetings.
Jeffe, 41, is pushing to finalize the long-delayed town master plan so that commercial and residential growth areas can be identified.
The Aurora GOP is backing Jeffe. Cotton has the Democratic nod and the Working Families Party endorsement.
The Republican primary for two Town Board seats features incumbent James Collins, newcomer Susan Friess and retired town parks/recreation worker Timothy Heinrich.
Collins, 57, owner of James F. Collins Insurance Agency, is running for a four-year term after having been on the board for eight months.
Friess, 48, favors a restructuring of town government. A former systems analyst and supervisor for Electronic Data Systems before taking time to raise her children, she is pushing for a new government model and consolidated services that leads to tax savings and more efficient management.
Heinrich, 55, carrying the Republican, Independence and Conservative parties' backing, said he wants to see a more "friendly" government for the people.
Heinrich, who worked for nearly 34 years for the town, said he wants to see reserve accounts for parks/recreation and highway departments built up again so taxpayers don't get hit as hard for big-ticket items.