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Village Court attracts 2 candidates in only race

Two elective offices are on the ballot this year in the Village of Kenmore, but only one of them could be considered a race.

Village Justice Scott F. Riordan and challenger Kevin T. Stocker are competing for a four-year term. At last week's political party caucuses in the village, each walked away with two lines on the November ballot.

Riordan, who will appear on the Democratic and Independence lines, was elected last year to fill an unfinished term on the bench.

Stocker, the candidate of the Republican and Conservative parties, lost to Riordan last year and, in 2007, finished third in a race to seat two justices in Tonawanda Town Court.

Voters also will be asked to cast ballots to fill two seats on the Village Board, but neither incumbent faces opposition.

Paul P. Catalano, who was elected last November to fill an unexpired term, is running for a full four-year term on the Democratic, Independence and Republican lines.

Salvatore C. Muscarella, who has been a trustee since 1995, is running on the Republican and Conservative lines.

With 139 people signing in, the Democratic caucus was the best-attended yet represented a fraction of the village's 5,299 registered Democrats.

The Republican caucus attracted the second-largest crowd, at 50. The village had 3,123 registered Republicans as of April 9, according to the Erie County Board of Elections.

Turnout for the Independence Party caucus barely made it into double digits, with 11 of the party's 401 registrants in the village present. Conservatives recorded only eight of 183 potential voters at their caucus.

People who registered as "blanks" account for 1,811 voters in the village, which comprises the first 17 of the 87 voting districts across the Town of Tonawanda.

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