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Sherrie seeks Lockport primary debates; Pillot is willing

LOCKPORT – Roger L. Sherrie, one of the Democratic candidates for mayor of Lockport, asked the city Democratic Committee Thursday to organize a series of debates between him and primary opponent Michael J. Pillot.

Pillot said he’d take part as long as the audience members get to the ask the questions.

“I don’t want anything put-up,” said Pillot, who believes that he’s been victimized in past debates were the audience was shut out while his opponent allegedly was supplied with the questions in advance. Pillot lost to former Mayor Michael W. Tucker, a Republican, in 2007 and 2011.

Sherrie said he’d like to see a debate in each of the city’s five wards, but conceded it might be hard to find enough suitable locations. The winner of the Sept. 10 primary will face Republican Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey in November.

Also Thursday, Pillot was endorsed by Laborers Local 91, whose business manager, Richard Palladino, said Pillot possesses “honesty and determination that are crucial for the city to succeed.”