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Amherst Democrats endorse slate of candidates for fall elections

This year’s elections in Amherst are starting to take shape.

A week after Republicans endorsed their slate of candidates for town offices, the Democrats in Amherst responded Wednesday with their own ticket, which includes some familiar names.

The town Democrat Committee has endorsed Francina J. Spoth and Deborah Bruch Bucki for two seats on the Town Board, while Kathy R. Kaminski was chosen to run for highway superintendent.

Democrats also endorsed Fanny E. “Effie” Meyer for town clerk and cross-endorsed Town Justice Geoffrey K. Klein for another term.

“We’re really happy with our team, and we’re really happy with what it looks like moving forward,” said Democratic Chairman Jerome D. Schad. “I’m very optimistic that this will be the year that, when it’s all over, we will have a Democratic majority on the board.”

Bucki was a councilwoman previously, then served as town clerk until 2011. Spoth, a research and marketing specialist with Baker, Shore & DiLorenzo LLC., previously served two terms as a member of the Williamsville School Board.

Meanwhile, Kaminski, a former Highway Department crew chief, is making her third attempt at the department’s top job.

Meyer is making her first run for elective office, while Klein is seeking his fourth term on the bench. Amherst Democrats threw their support behind Klein – a Republican endorsed by the GOP last week – during his previous re-election campaign, as well.

“He is just extremely will respected in the community for being a very good judge,” Schad said.

Newcomer Hadar Borden did not get enough support for a Town Board seat, but she impressed the committee and is expected to remain active in Amherst politics, Schad said. Likewise, James H. Cappello, owner of Cappello Landscaping, was seeking endorsement for highway superintendent but stepped aside in the name of party unity, Schad said.

So far, the November races look like this: Bucki and Spoth are running for two Town Board seats against Republicans Tara Cadmus and Susan D. McClary; Kaminski will run against Republican Patrick Lucey Jr. for highway superintendent; and Meyer will square off against Republican incumbent, Marjory H. Jaeger for town clerk.