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Amherst Republicans endorse slate of candidates for town elections

Amherst Republicans have selected their slate of candidates for this year’s town elections, including three who are running for office for the first time.

Tara Cadmus and Susan D. McClary were endorsed by the Amherst Republican Committee for the two open seats on the Town Board next year, while Patrick G. Lucey Jr. received GOP support for Amherst highway superintendent.

Two incumbents – longtime Town Justice Geoffrey K. Klein and Town Clerk Marjory H. Jaeger, who is seeking her second term – also received GOP nods, as expected.

Amherst Republicans made their endorsements Thursday at Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, on East Spring Street in Williamsville. Their opponents in the elections for Amherst Town Board, clerk, judge and highway superintendent will become more clear next week when Democrats are expected to endorse their slate of candidates.

“I am excited to have a highly qualified slate of candidates to run this year for these offices,” said Amherst Republican Committee Chairman Carl M. Balmas. “We endorsed these candidates based on their background, experience and determination to serve the Town of Amherst to the best of their ability.”

Cadmus owns Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream in Williamsville and Oh Pour L’amour Du Chocolat in Snyder with her husband, Howard, who ran unsuccessfully for the Town Board in 2013. She and her husband are in the process of purchasing from the Village of Williamsville the historic Williamsville Water Mill, home to Sweet Jenny’s and 1811 Comics.

“Tara has a tremendous business acumen,” Balmas said. “She has what it takes to run a town.”

McClary is a retired educator with a doctorate in curriculum planning, Balmas said. She previously has worked in Town Hall both for Jaeger, in the clerk’s office, as well as for Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein.

“She should make an excellent Town Board member,” Balmas said.

Cadmus and McClary edged out Christopher J. Duquin, a Williamsville village trustee, for the Town Board endorsement.

Lucey, a 26-year veteran of the Amherst Police Department, learned the ropes in the Highway Department from is father, Patrick, who served as the town’s highway superintendent for more than 20 years during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Lucey, a lieutenant, worked in the Highway Department before joining the police. If elected highway superintendent, Lucey would retire from the police, Balmas said.

“He has great managerial skills,” Balmas said, “and with his background, he obviously knows quite a bit about the Highway Department.”