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Air Force veteran seeks Lockport Council seat

LOCKPORT – David R. Wohleben, who served 33 years in the Air Force, announced Monday he is running as a Republican for 4th Ward alderman in the City of Lockport. His opponent will be Democratic incumbent Patrick W. Schrader.

Wohleben, 52, president of the DeSales Catholic School board of trustees and a member of the city Planning Board, recently retired as command chief and financial superintendent of the 107th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. He said that post required him to oversee a $53 million budget. “I’m asking my neighbors to let me put that experience to work by helping our fiscally stressed city,” he said.

He said the city needs to review its master plan and step up code enforcement.

“We need to further stabilize our local economy, and we either need to increase city government’s revenue or cut city government’s expenses. The task of cutting expenses has begun and there may be other opportunities to reduce spending that have not been explored. If we are going to increase revenue, expanding the tax base is the solution, not raising taxes by amounts that stress working family budgets. That means returning properties to the tax rolls,” Wohleben said.