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Wheatfield supervisor, councilman to retire

WHEATFIELD – Wheatfield Town Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe and Councilman Arthur W. Gerbec will not run for re-election this year.

Town Republican Chairman and Town Councilman Larry L. Helwig said Monday that Cliffe and Gerbec are retiring, and the party has endorsed other candidates for their offices.

Don J. MacSwan, who retired in 2005 as town building inspector, was tapped for supervisor. Curt P. Doktor, digital banking product manager at M&T Bank, will run for one of two available Council seats, along with incumbent Randy W. Retzlaff.

Cliffe is in his eighth year as supervisor and Gerbec is in his ninth year on the Town Board.

The GOP also endorsed another political newcomer, Gary E. Strenkoski, to run for town justice. Strenkoski, co-owner of Strenkoski Brothers Construction Co., seeks to replace Justice Erin P. DeLabio, who will run for Niagara County Family Court judge this year.

The Wheatfield GOP also endorsed four Republican county officials running for re-election in districts that include parts of the town: County Legislators Rebecca J. Wydysh, Kathryn L. Lance and David E. Godfrey and Coroner Joseph V. Mantione.

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