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Election voter guide: Amherst


Town Supervisor

Barry A. Weinstein (i) R, I

Mark A. Manna D, C, WF

What to know: Weinstein is the incumbent who touts his record for slashing spending and cutting taxes each of the last four years. Manna, a Democratic councilmember, has used the controversial Hyatt Place Hotel to make his case for smarter growth in Amherst. Keep an eye on voter turnout. The Democrats have a 4,300 edge in voters, but holding the key to victory may be the 14,000 who are unaffiliated. The winner in this race helps set the pace for the rest of the ballot in Amherst.

Town Board (elect 2)

Patricia S. Dunne D, C, WF

Ramona D. Popowich D, C, WF

Steven D. Sanders (i) R, I

Howard Dunning Cadmus R, I

What to know: The supervisor’s race has taken center stage in Amherst, but this election has the potential to shift the balance of power on the Town Board, which is currently controlled by the Republicans. Two councilmember seats are up for grabs, and a third will be eliminated as part of a voter-approved effort to downsize the board to five seats. Voters will have a variety of choices in the candidates seeking seats. They include a certified public accountant in Sanders; a former School Board president in Popowich; a real estate attorney in Cadmus; and a probation officer in Dunne.

Town Justice

Kara A. Buscaglia D, C, WF, I

Barbara S. Nuchereno R

What to know: Arguably the most spirited of the Amherst elections. The race pits Buscaglia, a former assistant Erie County district attorney who has her own practice in Williamsville, against Nuchereno, a former law clerk in Erie County Family Court whose term as councilmember on the Town Board is ending.