PENDLETON – Joel M. Maerten, chief of the Wendelville Fire Company, announced Tuesday he’s running for Town of Pendleton supervisor this fall on the Republican ticket.
Maerten, 42, a lifelong town resident, helps his son and father-in-law operate what he says is the oldest family-run farm in town. He also has a civil engineering degree from Clarkson College and a master’s degree in secondary education from D’Youville College. He holds state teaching certifications in math, physics and technology, and works for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District as a curriculum specialist and grant coordinator.
Maerten, who is expected to face Democratic Supervisor James A. Riester in November, said that if he is elected, he will try to keep town expenses down, while trying to boost economic development to go with the town’s recent subdivision boom.
“We need to strike a careful balance between the historic rural, farming community that has always been the heart of Pendleton and the kind of economic development that broadens the tax base and brings in services that residents want,” Maerten said. “People need places to shop, and their kids need opportunities to work.”