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A guide to Tuesday's primaries

Aside from battles in three town supervisor races, Tuesday's primary also features challengers and incumbents for Town Board seats across the county.

Here's the rundown of the candidates for those seats:


Four Town Board candidates are vying for two spots on the Republican line in Tuesday's primary. Two challengers and two incumbents are in the race for the seats, which each carry four-year terms. The positions have a salary this year of $5,255.

Robert E. Blackman, a veteran of four terms on the board and a fifth-generation farmer, is seeking re-election. Blackman, 65, runs Blackman Homestead Farms, a fruit and cattle farm on Thrall Road.

If re-elected, he hopes to continue drafting a wind energy law as well as the ongoing development of a town park.

The challenge, Blackman said, is to keep taxes down for residents.

Blackman and his wife, Margaret, have four children.

Debra L. Kroening, an incumbent, is seeking her second term on the board.

Kroening, 50, won a seat in the 2005 election, six months after the death of her father, Robert L. McCollum, who served 32 years as town clerk as well as two terms on the Town Board.

A stay-at-home mom, Kroening said she enjoys taking care of town business and being accessible to residents who have concerns. Like Blackman, she said she hopes to continue in the development of a town windmill law as well as continued improvements to the town park.

Kroening, a Starpoint High School graduate, lives on Plank Road and is the mother of three children.

Both Blackman and Debra Kroening have been endorsed by the town Republican committee, as well as the Niagara County Republican, Conservative and Independence committees.

Theresa M. Kroening is one of two challengers hoping to nab a spot on the board.

Kroening said she wants to see greater awareness among residents of what's happening at the town government level, and said she would take an active approach to listening to residents' concerns.

Kroening, who said her biggest issue if elected would be taxes, was appointed as an alternate to the town's Zoning Board of Appeals in 2003, and has since become a full member of the board.

Kroening has an associate's degree in business administration from Niagara County Community College and has worked at Thruway Fasteners in Wheatfield for 25 years. She is currently an office manager. She and her husband, Steven, have one child and live on Cambria Road.

Debra and Theresa Kroening are related through marriage -- Theresa's husband was first cousin's with Debra's late husband.

The second challenger for a Town Board seat, Randy M. Roberts, is making his first bid for elected office.

Roberts, 50, has lived in Cambria 25 years and said he is running for the Town Board as a way to serve the community.

Roberts, a foreman for Pfeiffer Foods in Wilson, is involved in coaching baseball in the town and is a graduate of Wilson High School.

Roberts and his wife, Tami, have two children and live on Lower Mountain Road.



There is a three-way Republican primary for two open Town Council seats. The seats carry a four-year term and pay $6,114 per year. Incumbent Brad Clark will seek re-election to his seat and the other opening occurred with the resignation in May of Councilwoman Melinda Major. No one was appointed to fill the remainder of the year left in Major's term.

Clark is seeking a fourth term and faces Jon Munnikhuysen and David Moyer. Clark and Munnikhuysen have the town GOP nod.

Clark, 59, is a retired senior mechanic at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and has lived in Wilson for more than 50 years. He has been a member of the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 for 34 years and is a past president. He and his wife, Judith, have three children and five grandchildren and live on Harwood Avenue.

Munnikhuysen, 54, is a lifelong Wilson resident. A retired tool and dye maker at Delphi, he currently works for Heinrich Chevrolet. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo in legal studies and lives with his wife, Patricia, and their two daughters on Randall Road. He is also a member of Wilson Fire Company No. 1 and has been active in local coaching.

Moyer, 56, said he actually changed his party affiliation from Republican to Conservative, but it won't take effect until after the election.

A self-described "regular" at Town Board meetings for many years, Moyer is a lifelong resident who served on the town's Zoning Board of Appeals for 15 years. A graduate of Fredonia State College, with a bachelor's degree in finance and business administration, Moyer lives on Shore Drive with his wife, Anne, and they have a daughter. He is a landlord in the commercial district and a former owner of the Wilson Hardware Store.



The same two candidates who ran for highway superintendent in 2007 face off again in Tuesday's primary on the Conservative and Independent lines.

Incumbent Terry Nieman, 58, has held the post since 2000 and has the backing of the Conservative, Independent and Republican parties.

Carson Kelley, 54, who owns C and C Trucking and Excavating Co., is endorsed by the Democratic and Working Families parties.

News Niagara Reporters Nancy Fischer and Aaron Besecker and News Niagara Correspondent Teresa Sharp contributed to this story.


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