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Three vie for GOP line in Town Board primary

Three Republicans -- two of them incumbents -- are running for two seats on the Alden Town Board in Tuesday's primary in a town where there will be a vote on Sept. 29 about whether to shrink the board from five members to three.

Republican residents of the town also will be choosing between two candidates for highway superintendent Tuesday.

Incumbent Mary Riddoch, 60, former deputy town clerk, wrote on a questionnaire that she wants to keep the tax rate low without sacrificing town services. She also would like to improve town and school efficiency.

Incumbent William Weber, 58, a former Alden High School industrial arts teacher, also has been a board member since 2006. He pointed to accomplishments such as cutting cell phone, insurance and utility costs. He is endorsed by the Conservative, Republican and Independence parties.

Keith Stone, 60, a retired Erie County correctional lieutenant said he wants "to influence town government to limit its intrusion on individual freedoms and encourage citizen involvement."

The primary for a four-year term as highway superintendent is between a self-employed construction worker and the town's parks supervisor. The current superintendent, Harry Milligan, is retiring.

Carl Fix, 60, has 15 years of service working in the town highway and parks departments. He also owns Carl's Tree and Landscaping Service.

He said he has saved money by eliminating duplication of services and set up and built baseball diamonds and football and soccer fields.

Gary Wagner, 57, said he has been self-employed in construction work for 36 years. He said he is a director at the Alden Chamber of Commerce, helped to establish the Taste of Alden festival, the Winterfest and farmers' market, and got funding for a skating rink.


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