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Four vying for two Lewiston board seats

Four candidates -- two Democrats and two Republicans -- are seeking the two seats on the Village Board that will be filled in the June 19 local election.

Trustees Therese Mudd, a Democrat, and Ernest K. Krell, a Republican, are seeking re-election.

Their challengers are Nicholas Conde, a Republican, and Dennis Brochey, a Democrat.

The two successful candidates will serve on the five-member board. Each of the trustees will be paid $4,855 during the coming year.

Mudd has lived in the village since 1961. Active in civic and political affairs for more than 40 years, she has been a trustee since 2010.

According to information provided by the Democratic party, Mudd is an advocate for the disabled, having served on the board of directors of Opportunities Unlimited. She is a member of the Surrogate Decision-Making unit of the state Commission on Quality of Care.

Mudd has been active with environmental concerns since the Love Canal crisis, when she joined the Ecumenical Task Force to help people who were affected. She also served on former Gov. Mario Cuomo's Superfund Management Board.

A writing teacher for a number of years, she is the author of several publications. She is a member of the faith community at Niagara University.

Mudd lives in Lewiston with her daughter and grandson.

Krell, a native of Niagara Falls who has lived in Lewiston for more than 40 years, was a leading vote-getter when he was elected two years ago to fill the remainder of a term on the Village Board.

He served three years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. As a mechanical engineer and architect, he has designed machinery for the Carborundum Co. and holds three patents for specialized riveting devices. He was a vice president of Industrial Consultants until that company closed and he formed OK Design in the 1970s.

Krell is a former structural analyst for the Small Business Administration, where he helped estimate damage from the Guam typhoon, Texas tornadoes, New Orleans floods and Seattle earthquake. He does architectural work for Ernest K. Krell Associates.

He was a member of the Niagara Falls Republican Committee in the 1960s and is a former member of the Town of Lewiston tax-assessment grievance committee. He is a past president of the Lewiston Kiwanis Club and served as a district lieutenant governor for Kiwanis.

Krell and his wife of 51 years, the former Patricia O'Donnell, have six children, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Conde, a project coordinator and design drafter for M.J. Mechanical Services, formerly served as Lewiston's zoning officer and as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

As part of his zoning work, Conde interpreted local and state building codes, participated in public hearings, made court appearances on behalf of the village, made on-site visits, oversaw special-use permits and acted on requests for zoning variances.

He also has been a mechanical designer for Hibbard Engineers and a graphite machinist for Great Lakes Carbon Corp.

Conde holds an associate degree in applied science from Niagara County Community College, and he studied architectural communications at the University at Buffalo. He lives on Oneida Street in Lewiston.

He also heads Bounce-N-Around Inc., a company that supplies bounce houses for children's entertainment.

"It's kind of a 'fun' business that gives me a break from mechanics and science," Conde said.

Brochey, a political newcomer, is widely known for his support of military troops, and he has received numerous awards for his work. Brochey has raised more than $80,000 for troops and their families through the Red Brick Bench Press Competition, which he organized, according to the Democratic party.

He is this year's chairman for the Kiwanis Block of Dollars, a fundraiser for Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He also is a member of the Lewiston Lions Club.

Brochey grew up on the Niagara Frontier and is a graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School.

His family business on Center Street, now known as Brochey's Automotive, dates back to 1972, when he and his father opened Lewiston Sunoco Station at that location.

Brochey and his wife, the former Cathy Makisiak, have two children.

The candidates were nominated at village caucuses held by their respective political parties.

Rob Nichols, the Republican chairman, said nearly 50 people attended the GOP caucus, unanimously supporting Krell and Conde.

"I am very pleased with the turnout," Nichols said, "and I'm confident that our village residents will enthusiastically embrace the Krell and Conde team."

Diane Perri Roberts, chairwoman of the Lewiston Democratic Committee, said she is looking forward to a stronger Democratic presence on the Village Board. She urged "all village residents to exercise their right to vote for Mudd and Brochey for the two trustee positions."

Mudd said Brochey's "input about the impact of board decisions on businesses will be invaluable."