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Niagara County Democrats endorse candidates

The Niagara County Democratic Committee has endorsed incumbent District Attorney Michael J. Violante, two-term Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and first-time candidate Jamie Moxham running for the county clerk’s post.

Nicholas J. Forster, the party’s chairman, called the slate the strongest he has seen in years.

The candidates were endorsed at a standing-room-only meeting of county committeemen Thursday night at the LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club in the Town of Niagara.

“We couldn’t have better candidates leading the field on Row A this year,” Forster said Friday. “After speaking with the candidates and, more importantly, those who have worked with all three, we have highly respected individuals that our party can be proud of this November.”

Forster said law enforcement officials throughout the county, including Sheriff James R. Voutour, gave Violante “high praise for his ability and history of working well with the top brass” in local law enforcement.

Foster said the Democratic Party candidates all realize that the county “is moving in a new, fiscally responsible and transparent direction.

The committee also endorsed John Tylec, a former Niagara County legislator running for North Tonawanda mayor; Lewiston Deputy Supervisor Mark Briglio for Lewiston supervisor; and incumbent supervisors Lee Wallace of the Town of Niagara and James Riester of the Town of Pendleton.

Forster said the committee will be endorsing candidates for other offices throughout the county in the near future.